People would watch them battle it out sometimestill the point of death. But I am going to tell you more in this 1000 words booklet on roman gladiators. Becoming a Gladiator
There were many different ways of becoming a gladiator such as: being captured as a prisoners of war, being a slave sold into gladiatoral schools or even volunteers. People liked being gladiators they enjoyed the excitement, the fame and the crowds cheering their name. Also being a gladiator means good living money for every time you fight so that ‘s why some people chose to become gladiators. But it was scary going into the arena not knowing if you will come out not being able to do anything if your opponent is to strong. Types of gladiator
There were around 25 types of gladiator but they can be split into four groups:
•Elite types of gladiator
•Heavily armed gladiators
•Lightly armed gladiators
•Gladiators wich specialised unusual fighting methods or entertainment Elite types- highly experienced and extremely skillful they were well known to the spectators. Some were fighters who chose to stay once they were freed. Heavily armed-had heavy armour and carried heavy weapons.
Lightly armed- had hardly any armour and carried lightweight weapons Unusual types-fought in an unusual style some of these are “Andabatae” they fought wearing helmets with no holes. The colosseum
The colosseum is the biggest amphitheatre ever built. It took nine years to build and consists of 100,000 marble blocks weighin 4 tons each, 300 tons of metal holding them together. It held 50,000 spectators. The arena was a wooden floor covered in sand. This is where some gladiators had their gruesome battles. It is named after the colossal statue of nero that once stood nearby. Gladiatoral Games
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The gladiatoral games were exciting and a festival could go on for 100 continuous days. Romans liked the power and they liked to be reminded of the victories they had won in battles. They went in this kind of order: 1.Firstly was the animal hunting hunters called venatores would reinact their hunting scenes. The emporer would have also joined in by shooting with bowing arrows from the comfort of the imperial box. 2.Then the Bestiarii came these were beast fighter who were trained to fight brutal animals like lions and tigers. 3.After this criminals were sent to fight the beast without any training weapons or armour. 4.Lightly armed gladiators fought after the wild animal fights. 5.Then criminals called Andabatae fought to make the audience laugh the wore helmets with no eye holes and fought by moving to each other and waving around their swords. 6.Then the were executions which the spectators enjoyed.
7.Late afternoon the most important time of the day- the combat began. The Gladiator fights started with the Praegenarii who were the ‘opening act’ gladiators who fought with a whip, club and shield and these would then be followed by the proper Gladiatorial games where there were various matched pairings of gladiators. Life of a Gladiator
The Life of a Gladiator could be strict and harsh, especially for new recruits When a new recruit, called a Novicius entered one of the gladiator schools the owner of the school, a doctor and the trainers assessed him. He would first be checked by a Medici (a doctor) to ensure he was fit. They would be assessed to decide what type of gladiator they would be. So if they were big and strong they could wear heavy armor but if they wear small and agile they would have light armor. Once you had completed the initial training you would then be ready to fight in the arena you would be called a Tiro. Tiro’s would normally have tattoos on their face, legs and hands so the could be identified and so they would find it hard to hide or escape. They were fed well with a good diet but could only drink water. Gladiators had to live knowing they might die in the arena. Some were even thought to die; they had to die with dignity, honor and no complaint. Volunteer gladiators had to swear an oath and enter a legal agreement agreeing to be punished by beating burning death by sword if they didn’t perform as required. But being a gladiator was like being today’s no.1 music artist; if you were good people loved you. If you were heroic and brave and the emperor liked you he might have even given you the wooden swords to signify your freedom. The Best Gladiator
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To be the best gladiator you had to be tough yet agile you would have to be able to win without being to cocky. You would need to be able to use all weapons. Gladiators were trained to be fearless and strong in battle they had to be able to go into every battle not caring if they died. The best gladiators were the bravest always fighting for themselves the ones with the flawless technique and the ones who made sure winning came first before anything. End of the Gladiators
The Gladiator games of ancient Rome began their decline through the influence of Roman Emperor Constantine I.
Constantine was the first Roman Emperor to freely allow Christianity. Christians were no longer persecuted for their beliefs and martyred when there were gladiator events. Constantine I made this law, which stated:
“In times in which peace and peace relating to domestic affairs prevail, bloody demonstrations displease us. Therefore we order that there may be no more gladiator combats. Those, who were condemned to become gladiators for their crimes, are to work from now on in the mines. Thus they pay for their crimes, without having to pour their blood.” Gladiatorial games were revived 3 years later the popularity went down. Emperor Theodosius declared Christianity as the official belief of Rome. Even though gladiator shows continued there weren’t many shows because of financial reasons. There was also less audience because lots of the audiences were Christian. But finally Theodosius’ son decreed the end of all gladiatorial contests in Rome.
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