The Roman Fighter's (Unofficial) Manual

  1. Philip Matyszak
  • ISBN 9780500051672
  • 19.80 x 12.50 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 200pp
  • 114 Illustrations, 22 in colour
  • First published 2011
‘Offers tongue-in-cheek advice on how to cut it in the amphitheatre … brings home the horror of the spectacles’ – Current Archaeology

You want to be a gladiator?

Find out how to get thousands to idolize you as the strongest, 
meanest fighter in the Roman empire. Win fame and fortune in 
one of Rome’s most glamorous locations, in the presence of the 
emperor himself. Wouldn’t you kill for a job like that?


This handy guide tells you everything you need to know 
before you step out to fight for your life in front 
of a roaring crowd. Learn …

Why you should become a gladiator
How to join the most glamorous – yet lethal – profession on Earth
Who will try to kill you, and with what
Which arena of the empire is right for you
When and how often you will fight
What happens before, during and 
after a gladiator duel

Combining the latest research with modern reconstructions, the author 
of the bestselling Legionary and Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day 
helps you experience at first hand the spectacular, brutal life and savage 
death of the most iconic figure of ancient Rome

Philip Matyszak has a doctorate in Roman history from St John’s College, Oxford, and is the author of Chronicle of the Roman Republic, The Enemies of Rome, The Sons of Caesar, Ancient Rome on Five Denarii a Day and Ancient Athens on Five Drachmas a Day. He teaches an e-learning course in Ancient History for the Institute of Continuing Education at Cambridge University. See Philip Matyszak's website.