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Unformatted text preview: Roman Gladiators Life as a Roman Gladiator was not a very nice one. They were either slaves from defeated tribes or criminals and for the entertainment of the Roman citizens they were made to either fight each other to the death or had to fight wild animals like bears and lions. The more gory and bloody the battle the more the crowd cheered. Gladiators life was not a free one at all, they were locked up in a training school where they were trained to fight by an old gladiator who didnt have to fight anymore; not that there were many of those. They had to lift weights and exercise everyday to get fit and they also had to practice sword fighting with wooden swords. Once trained, they had to fight each other in the front of the Roman audience in the amphitheatre. Gladiators were trained to be a certain sort of fighter and they would try to become as good a fighter as possible. They had to fight to win, to loose as a gladiator would mean death in the fighting contest. Some Types of Gladiators: Andabatus was a gladiator who wore a helmet with no eye holes and used to charge blindly around the arena on a horse. Samnite has a visor on his helmet that had a crest, he carried a large shield and sword. Retarius tried to catch his opponents in his net. His left arm and shoulder were protected with armour. He had a large fork like weapon for stabbing, this was called a trident. A Retarius Gladiator. Velitus he was only armed with a spear. A Velitus Gladiator Secutor was also lightly armed and had to chase his opponents to fight them. The secutor is the one on the ground. Laquerius was similar to a retarius but with a lasso instead of a net. Once the training of the gladiator was complete he was then to fight in the amphitheatre. Romans loved the gladiator fights they attended in huge numbers and the Emperor himself would go to big fights. People would gamble on the outcome of the fights and the games would be the focus of the entertainment for the whole day. The different types of gladiators would be set against each other and would fight bloody battles with each other. The loser would at the end of the fight call the support of the Emperor or the crowd to decide his fate. If the Emperor declared the gladiator to die then the winner killed him. If the gladiator had put up a fierce gladiator to die then the winner killed him....
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course HIST 201 taught by Professor Sabey during the Winter '08 term at BYU.

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