“Macaulay is, perhaps less rightly, another object of national worship; yet Arnold denounced the “confident shallowness which makes him so admired by public speakers and leading-article writers, and so intolerable to all searchers for truth”; and frankly avowed that to his mind “a man's power to detect the ring of false metal in the Lays of Ancient Rome was a good measure of his fitness to give an opinion about poetical matters at all.””
“Also useful is Zvi Yavetz, Slaves and Slavery in Ancient Rome New Brunswick, N.J.”
“History of Ancient Rome (1855), and, along with R. Scott, published a Greek – English Lexicon (1843).”
“You can recite Macaulay’s Lays of Ancient Rome to a game of Ping-Pong.”
“The little book by Michael Massey and Paul Moreland, Slavery in Ancient Rome London: Bristol Classical Press, 2001, is also a good start.”
“Other valuable books on gladiators and their place in Roman society and culture include Donald G. Kyle, Spectacles of Death in Ancient Rome (London and New York: Routledge, 1998); and Thomas Wiedemann, Emperors & Gladiators (London and New York: Routledge, 1992).”
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