This sourcebook presents a wealth of material relating to every aspect of Roman spectacles, especially gladiatorial combat and chariot racing. It draws on the words of eye-witnesses and participants, as well as depictions of the games in mosaics and other works of art. It offers snapshots of 'a day at the games' and 'the life of a gladiator'. It includes numerous illustrations. It covers chariot-races, water pageants, naval battles and wild animal fights, as well as gladiatorial combat. It combines political, social, religious and archaeological perspectives. It facilitates an in-depth understanding of this important feature of ancient life.