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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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Roman gladiators

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Roman gladiators

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


Roman gladiators

  • Gladiators fought other gladiators, slaves and criminals.

  • Gladiators also fought animals.


Roman gladiators

  • Most Gladiators were slaves and prisoners of war

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


Roman gladiators

  • Gladiators were named according to their ethnic roots.


Roman gladiators

  • Others fought as gladiators to improve there social standing.


Roman gladiators

  • Some emperors even fought against Gladiators.


Roman 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.


Roman gladiators

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


Roman gladiators

  • 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.


Roman gladiators

  • 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.


Roman gladiators

  • 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.


Roman gladiators

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

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


Roman gladiators

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


Roman gladiators

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


Roman gladiators

  • 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


Roman gladiators

  • 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.


Roman gladiators

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

  • This followed an assassination attempt that had failed.


Roman gladiators

  • 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.


Roman gladiators

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


Roman gladiators

  • BBC “Dressed to Kill” Gladiators


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