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Atilus the Slave (The gladiators ; [1])

Author(s): Thomson (ps), Edward Pages: 180
Publisher: Futura Date of Publication: 1975
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Brit & Rome Period: t/o Claudius (Code: 7b4)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator:
Subject: Atilus is enslaved at 10-years old after the defeat of Caractacus. At Rome, where he is sold as a gladiator, he is hired by Agrippina to be NeroÕs bodyguard. We meet Claudius, Nero & many others.
Unique Qualities: real name is E C Tubb
Rating: The reader learns a great deal about gladiators--their training, the types of gladiators, their weapons, and other entertainments in the arena. Thomsen is definitely anti-Rome: the slavery, the debauchery, the gladiators, the Imperial tyranny. Explicit sex scenes, graphic portrayal of combat in the arena, sadistic violence(RozH)

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