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  • The Roman Gladiators: The History and Legacy of Ancient Rome's Most Famous Warriors

  • By: Charles River Editors
  • Narrated by: Michael Gilboe
  • Length: 1 hr and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Gladiators are somewhat synonymous with ancient Rome, and even thousands of years after they performed on the sands, when people are asked about Roman culture, many think about and refer to the bloody spectacles of men fighting to the death in the arena. Gladiatorial combat is often regarded as barbaric, and most find it very difficult to comprehend how people could have enjoyed watching something so violent, but nevertheless, the spectacle still intrigues and fascinates people today.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting but short

  • By Tanya on 09-02-2018

Interesting but short

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-2018

Lots of great info for anyone interested in the topic, but it was quite short.

  • 24 Hours in Ancient Rome

  • By: Philip Matyszak
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Walk a day in a Roman's sandals. What was it like to live in one of the ancient world's most powerful and bustling cities - one that was eight times more densely populated than modern-day New York? In this entertaining and enlightening guide, best-selling historian Philip Matyszak introduces us to the people who lived and worked there. In each hour of the day, we meet a new character - from emperor to slave girl, gladiator to astrologer, medicine woman to water-clock maker - and discover the fascinating details of their daily lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Tanya on 01-12-2017

Excellent

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Reviewed: 01-12-2017

Such interesting insights via excellent storytelling. Loved it and learned so much.

Narrator was spot on for this genre/time period.