Gladiator craze in Germany!

Apparently, training to fight as a gladiator has taken off in the city of Trier in Germany. Excellent news! Did it come from the lucky twenty Uni of Regensburg students who got to live as gladiators 18 months ago? Maybe…

And in other gladiator news…only 22 days until Spartacus: The Gladiator launches! If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, please do so! 🙂

Followed 8 days later by the premiere of the new Blood and Sand series, Spartacus: Vengeance. Check it out here. I haven’t even seen the first series yet…forcing myself to wait until I’ve finished the second book.

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  1. Posted 28 December 2011 at 18:59 | Permalink

    Well, they have a nice amphitheatre to play gladiator in. Trier is a town worth visiting; I’m just working on a post about the Aula Palatina.

    Merry belated Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  2. Mike Reed
    Posted 28 December 2011 at 20:23 | Permalink

    Hi Ben. This is a very apt article in the advent of the release of Spartacus, and thanks for reminding me of the latest TV series. I’m just borrowing my brother’s DVDs of the Rome series done a few years ago, and I’ll be watching another episode or two of that after I’ve typed this.

    The article about the gladiators in Trier is very interesting. Trier’s a very beautiful city to wander round, and sadly that takes me back to the days of when I didn’t take my sketchbook there with me. More recently (during the summer in fact) the ESG did one of their displays there. They’ll be in Germany again in the year ahead, but this time in Xanten on June 23/24th.

    I do believe you’ll also be in Lincoln on May 12th for the city’s Book Festival, and I certainly can fit that into my 2012 plans. I look forward to seeing you then. Best wishes, Mike.

  3. Ben Kane
    Posted 29 December 2011 at 11:25 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: good to ‘see’ you again – haven’t done so for a while! Belated Merry Xmas to you too, and the best for 2012.

  4. Ben Kane
    Posted 29 December 2011 at 11:27 | Permalink

    @Mike Reed: Rome – ah, Rome – a fantastic pair of series. It should have been 5, but they weren’t making enough money, so they pulled the plug after only two. Damn shame. Enjoy them!

    I haven’t been to Trier, but I want to visit it sometime. Need to set a book there! Same with Xanten – the event there every summer is meant to be massive.

    Yes, I’ll be in Lincoln on May 12, all being well. I look forward to meeting you! Best wishes.

  5. Posted 29 December 2011 at 17:03 | Permalink

    Ben, I know I’ve not been around much. Life got more stressful those last months and that’s not going to change. Hanging around on the net is one of the things that had to give way though I try to update my blog on a more or less regular weekly schedule.

    You should definitely visit Trier and Xanten. Just wear plotbunny proof boots or they’ll stick to your ankles and you come home with two more Roman series. 😀

  6. Ben Kane
    Posted 29 December 2011 at 18:16 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: Sorry to hear that things got more stressful, and are going to stay that way. I hope you’re bearing up!

    Plot bunny proof boots? ROTFLMAO! I will remember that when I visit Trier… 😉

  7. burgesbr3
    Posted 30 December 2011 at 20:06 | Permalink

    I have just finished reading your Forgotten Legion Chronicles. What an amazing read it was. More like a marathon, I could not put the books down until I was finished. Now I am a little lost. What books can possibly satisfy me after that. Ben, if you have any recommendations it would be much appreciated.

  8. Ben Kane
    Posted 31 December 2011 at 09:30 | Permalink

    @burgesbr3: Welcome to my site, and thanks for posting! Thanks also for your words of praise – very glad you liked the trilogy so much!I have 2 other books out – Hannibal, and in 19 days, Spartacus.

    Other titles & authors dealing with Rome:
    The Boat of Fate by Keith Roberts. Absolutely outstanding.
    Eagle in the Snow by Wallace Breem. Ditto.
    Wounds of Honour and subsequent books by Anthony Riches.
    Warrior of Rome series by Harry Sidebottom.
    Caligula & subsequent books by Douglas Jackson.
    Gladiatrix by Russell Whitfield.
    Ship of Rome by John Stack.

    That should keep you going for a while!

    Keep an eye on the site for upcoming competitions to win signed copies of my books and more!

  9. Posted 31 December 2011 at 16:18 | Permalink

    @Burgesbr: After that you can always move to Bernard Conrnwell’s Saxons (Uhtred series) and Arthur (Warlord trilogy) or Robert Low’s Vikings (Oathsworn series). That should keep you occupied until Easter or so. 🙂

  10. Ben Kane
    Posted 31 December 2011 at 18:13 | Permalink

    @Gabriele: not to forget the excellent Viking Blood Eye books by Giles Kristian!

  11. reelbigfish
    Posted 3 January 2012 at 09:41 | Permalink

    I’m training for a warrior dash in June! Perfect timing for when Spartacus comes out! 🙂

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