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PANEM ET CIRCENSES –
SAND AND BLOOD

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“Who really were these fighters so loved and hated, ridiculed and feared, but simply called GLADIATORS”?

Panem et Circenses is an essay on the world of gladiators to try to find out who these men and women really were. It is a essay about people that were acclaimed, derided, insulted, loved and hated, and simply called “Gladiators”. In fact not may authors dared to try to explain the dark sides of this topic: who they really were?

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Meeting common men…

The history books are full of great characters, those who have accomplished epic deeds, of those that History had selected to be remembered. The man of everyday life has always fascinated me, the one that history had chosen to be forgotten. Common people, common men.
Like gladiators were.


Stefanie M. Matthews

Stefanie M. Matthews

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Stephanie is a brilliant and talented Canadian author, and a close friend of mine since a long time. She revised this English version and my deep gratitude goes to her for this job. Don’t miss to read her incredibile novel “The Gift”
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DINING WITH THE ANCIENT ROMANS
 
ESSAY

What were the eating habits of the ancient Romans? How much did they spend to eat out? What would we have found in the inns at that time? Did diets already exist? And what about sommeliers? The author of this book will try to answer these questions and many more.

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In this book I have tried to sort out the true story of gladiators and historical information relating to them from the fiction and I have dealt with clichés that I hope to have finally debunked…

– PANEM ET CIRCENSES – SAND A BLOOD, PREFACE

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