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Roman Gladiators. Gladiator – Armed combatants that fought to entertain the Roman masses. Gladiators fought other gladiators, slaves and criminals. Gladiators also fought animals. Most Gladiators were slaves and prisoners of war

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RomanGladiators


  • Gladiator – Armed combatants that fought to entertain the Roman masses.


  • Gladiators fought other gladiators, slaves and criminals.

  • Gladiators also fought animals.


  • Most Gladiators were slaves and prisoners of war

  • These gladiators used the weapons and equipment characteristic of their people.


  • Gladiators were named according to their ethnic roots.


  • Others fought as gladiators to improve there social standing.


  • Some emperors even fought against Gladiators.


  • Many believe that gladiator battles were originally fought to honor people or a war victory.

  • Later, gladiator battles were used as a way to promote yourself to the masses and gain political power.


  • Between 108 and 109 CE, Trajan celebrated his Dacian victories using a reported 10,000 gladiators (and 11,000 animals) over 123 days


  • Gladiator battles may have reached their peak under the rule of Commodus.

  • Commodus fought as a gladiator himself and was even seen training at the ludi.

  • Ludi – Gladiator training school.


  • Commodus fought as a secutor.

  • Secutorswere a style of gladiator that usually fought with a dagger or a small sword.

  • Secutorsusually fought against a fight a Retiarius, a type of gladiator equipped with a trident and a net.


  • A secutor’s helmet was designed to protect him from tridents and nets.

  • His helmet was tight, round on top and only had two small hole to see through.

  • A secutor had to win quickly or suffocate to death.

  • A secutor was lightly armored including protection on his arms and a tiny shield.


  • Commodus claimed to have killed over 100 lions in a single exhibition.

  • Commodus had his gladiator battles written in books and published in newspapers.


  • Commodus was said to have fought in 735 gladiator battles.


  • For each appearance in the arena, he charged the city of Rome a million sesterces, straining the Roman economy.


  • Often, wounded soldiers and amputees would be placed in the arena for Commodus to slay with a sword.

  • Romans missing their feet through accident or illness were taken to the arena, where they were tied together for Commodus to club to death while pretending they were giants


  • There was tension between Commodus and the Senate.

  • Commodus even taunted the Senate with the head of animals that he had killed in the arena.


  • Eventually Commodus was strangled to death by his wrestling partner Narcissus.

  • This followed an assassination attempt that had failed.


  • For those who were poor or non-citizens, the gladiator schools offered a trade, regular food, housing of sorts and a fighting chance of fame and fortune.


  • Gladiators customarily kept their prize money and any gifts they received.


  • BBC “Dressed to Kill” Gladiators


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