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From the fictitious drama of the theater we move to the terrible, real drama of the amphitheater - the oval arena where gladiators fight to the death for the pleasure of the spectators. How will you feel in a society where people and animals are put to death for entertainment?

The Stories

gladiatores Page 100

Tensions and local rivalries rise in Pompeii as the gladiatorial games approach.

in arena Page 101

It's show time! "Those who are about to die, salute you."

venatio Page 103

After the gladiators it's the turn of the animals - but the lions haven't read the script.

pastor et leo Page 104

"One good turn deserves another" in this famous Roman tale.