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Ben Elliot
3 December 2022 (Re-Released)
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Men of Violence…Men of Lust…the GLADIATORS were legendary as the sexual athletes of their age

78 A.D. Paris, a seventeen-year-old runaway, is loved for his beauty by the wealthy young Egyptian Lucius and by Publius, a member of the Praetorian Guard. Although he is the son of a free man, Paris is sold to the gladiator school of Pompeii by Lucius’ father, the ambitious merchant Diogenes. As a sex slave to the hulking warriors of the arena – more beasts than men – Paris is forced to submit to their sadistic lusts. Only by satisfying them will he gain the chance to train as a gladiator himself and win his freedom.

Having matured into a skilful fighter, Paris is transferred to the Ludus Magnus, the great gladiator school of Rome, where he becomes one of the mightiest champions of the amphitheater. But here, in an age of sexual excess unequaled in the history of the world, Paris is drawn into the wild and violent life-style of a leading gladiator and risks losing everything he has fought for, including the man he really loves.

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The Emperor rose, the white handkerchief in his hand. His eyes swept the arena, then tilted down to the two tiny figures immediately below him. The scrap of white silk fluttered from his hand towards the dirt of the ring.

“Paris, you must deliver the death blow,” Lucius insisted. “If not, we will both die.”

“Would you have killed me once you realised who I was?”

Lucius glanced away. “I robbed you of your life once. I could not do it a second time.” He turned his face up to Paris beseechingly: “Do it quickly. I will not feel it, coming from you. As though you were making love to me one last time.”


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Ben Elliott is the pseudonym of an internationally best-selling traditionally-published author of fiction and non-fiction. He is also a film-maker who founded one of the first exclusively LGBTQ film/video companies in the UK in the early 1990s, producing the first-ever gay soap and first-ever on-screen gay detective. Ben Elliott has always been fascinated by the ancient world, particularly ancient Greece and Rome, and brings his extensive knowledge of the period into his historical fiction. Two of his favorite novelists are Mary RenaulIt and Rosemary Sutcliffe, writers on ancient Greece and Rome respectively. Ben Elliott likes to think of his LGBTQ ancient Roman novels as MM+ - stories of passion between men with the ‘plus’ of very steamy explicit sex scenes.

Ben Elliott can also think up his own titles and used the title Gladiator School long before any of its imitators. He also devised and wrote it before the announcement of the film Gladiator, although given the lead times of publishing books, they were launched around the same time May/June 2000. It was followed by a companion novel The Slave King (2002) which will also be published soon in ebook format.

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