The main training schools for gladiators were in Capua, south of Rome. Some gladiators were volunteers (mostly freedmen or very low classes of freeborn men) who chose to take on the status of a slave for the monetary rewards or the fame and excitement. Anyone who became a gladiator was automatically infamis, beneath the law and by definition not a respectable citizen. A small number of upper-class men competed in the arena but they constituted a special, esoteric form of entertainment

The main training schools for gladiators were in Capua, south of Rome. Some gladiators were volunteers (mostly freedmen or very low classes of freeborn men) who chose to take on the status of a slave for the monetary rewards or the fame and excitement. Anyone who became a gladiator was automatically infamis, beneath the law and by definition not a respectable citizen. A small number of upper-class men competed in the arena but they constituted a special, esoteric form of entertainment

Battle between Gladiators, detail of a gladiator fighting and a victorious gladiator, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

Battle between Gladiators, detail of a gladiator fighting and a victorious gladiator, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

Gladiators were often slaves, or criminals, but sometimes were ordinary citizens who gave up their rights to fight in the arena.  Gladiators were used as entertainment for the Roman masses, and were extremely popular.

Gladiators were often slaves, or criminals, but sometimes were ordinary citizens who gave up their rights to fight in the arena. Gladiators were used as entertainment for the Roman masses, and were extremely popular.

The Eagle.........a great movie about a Roman soldier whose father went missing, along with 5,000 men, who were in his command in the Nothern part of Britian. The Eagle, which represents all Romans was lost in the process, & his son (Tatum Channing) goes to recover it so as to restore his father's honor! A great movie that made me cry..........

The Eagle.........a great movie about a Roman soldier whose father went missing, along with 5,000 men, who were in his command in the Nothern part of Britian. The Eagle, which represents all Romans was lost in the process, & his son (Tatum Channing) goes to recover it so as to restore his father's honor! A great movie that made me cry..........

Ancient Rome Military History | ancient roman siege weapons: hebrustan

Ancient Rome Military History | ancient roman siege weapons: hebrustan

Gladiators

Gladiators

Espartano legend of the cryptids

Espartano legend of the cryptids

Relief decorating the seating area entrances of the Roman Amphitheatre, Capua Gladiator Museum, Capua | Flickr: Intercambio de fotos

Relief decorating the seating area entrances of the Roman Amphitheatre, Capua Gladiator Museum, Capua | Flickr: Intercambio de fotos

Gold ring, the long oval bezel set with a cornelian intaglio bust of Mercury, with a wing in his curly hair, neckline draped, facing in profile towards the left. Ring and intaglio Roman, 1st century A.D

Gold ring, the long oval bezel set with a cornelian intaglio bust of Mercury, with a wing in his curly hair, neckline draped, facing in profile towards the left. Ring and intaglio Roman, 1st century A.D

Gladiators

Gladiators

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