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Atilus the Gladiator (The gladiators ; 2)
(ISBN: 708814204)

Author(s): Thomson (ps), Edward Pages: 159
Publisher: Futura Date of Publication: 1975
Reading Level: Genre:
Setting: Period: t/o Nero (Code: 7b5)
Rome Setting: Christian/Jewish/Pagan: p
Mystery: n First Person:
Detective/Narrator: Atilus, a former slave from Britain, becomes a successful gladiator. He loses his money in a trade venture but buys & frees a British woman & the 2 leave the debauched Rome after the great fire under Nero to return to Britain.
Subject: ?
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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