20 - amphitheater Meansroundtheater 20/11/200714:37:00

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amphitheater 20/11/2007 14:37:00 Means round theater Area in the middle= harena  (sand)= arena Gate of life on one side, gate of death on the other, gladiators enter one side,  those who die are dragged out of the other side on a meat hook.  Charon   = gate  keeper, ferry master across river of dead to get to hades= name for guy who drags out  dead bodies earliest stone built amphitheaters built in Pompeii around 80 BC Earliest gladiators at Rome Gladiator from gladius, meaning sword= men of the sword First steps= small scale o Around 250 BC three pairs fight in the cattle forum o 216 BC: 22 pairs fight on a single occasion o all these events were only private endeavors Big developments o Later steps: rise to larger scale 105 BC: first time the consuls of state put on gladiatorial contests electoral competition provokes huge escalation in scale
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