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Click to edit Master subtitle style 12/1/10 Gladiators and spectators
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12/1/10 Social status of gladiators Official social status = infamis Applied to anyone who fought as a gladiator, regardless of legal status (slave/free) Infames could not vote, hold office, marry Roman citizens, or make wills One reason why gladiators were despised
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12/1/10 Infamis occupations Those who were legally infamis (“unspeakable”): Gladiators Actors Prostitutes Pimps Lanistae (gladiator trainers/owners) All these people made their (or someone else’s) body available for public display
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12/1/10 Gladiators’ appeal Low status made them paradoxically attractive (even sexy!) Resemblance to soldiers tapped into Roman nostalgia and military values Phenomenon of volunteer gladiators
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12/1/10 Gladiators’ sex appeal Socially infamis Macho, violent warriors Many legally slaves and/or criminals Sources attest women’s erotic interest in gladiators: graffiti from Pompeii: “Celadus, sigh of the maidens” “Crescens, master of girls”
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12/1/10 Gladiators’ military appeal
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