Roman Gladiators

Roman Gladiators were trained warriors that battled in arena for the audience's entertainment. Although there were some volunteers, most gladiators were criminals or slaves that were kept in very poor conditions.

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Who watch the gladiators fight?

the where often watched by the populous of Rome not just nobles or emperors even the commoners where able to watch but no women and no slave unless accompanied by the master. Just a slight correction. Women were allowed to attend the gladiatorial combats. However they had to sit in a section reserved for them as in all other public entertainments except for chariot racing, where they could sit with the men.

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What animals did gladiators fight?

The Roman Gladiators fought lions, mostly because lions were easiest to get. They would occasionally fight bears, too. And don't forget the panthers, leopards and any other large wild cat from Africa.

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Did Roman gladiators always fight to the death?

no they did not due to the fact that a sponsor would have to pay for a gladiators replacement if they died, sponsors usually let the gladiator live (gladiators had a 90% chance of surviving a fight).

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What would a Roman Gladiator be equipped with?

A gladiator would be equipped with the weapons and armor that were customary for his style of fighting. For example, a Murmillo, who had a helmet, square shield and the gladius sword, a Retiarius fought with a trident and net, and a Venator, who hunted animals used a long spear.

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What is gladiator long range weapon?

Roman gladiators came in quite a few types, but only one was allowed to use a true ranged weapon - Saggitarii, mounted bowmen. These appear to have been rare however. A far more common type was a Retiarii, who wielded a trident and net. This armament is designed to stop and kill an opponent before he could get close enough to use whatever he was using, so could in a way be considered long range.

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What enabled Spartacus to gain importance in ancient Rome?

Spartacus's importance was only temporary. It was due to the unexpected success of the slave rebellion he led together with Crixus and Oenomaus. The other two leaders died in battle and Spartacus led the last stages of the rebellion. The rebellion was started by fugitives from the gladiatorial school in Capua, the largest in Italy. They defeated Roman militias and their success swelled their ranks, which included some poor peasants as well as slaves, to 120,000 . Some 30,000 rebels were defeated by the Romans and Crixus died in battle. However, the Roman armies were then defeated twice. The rebels and pillaged parts of southern Italy for two years. Eventually, the Romans mobilised eight legions led by Crassus to suppress the rebellion. These legions crushed a rebel force led by Gannicus and Castus, which had become separated from the main force, killing more 12,000 men. Spartacus took a last stand and his forces were slaughtered. Pompey, who was marching towards the rebels with reinforcements, caught 5,000 fugitives and unfairly claimed that he ended the war. Around 6,000 rebels were crucified along the Appian Way. Spartacus' body was not found. This slave rebellion (which was the third and last one) was soon forgotten.

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What was the purpose of the gladiator festivities?

Gladiator spectalces or games were organized to provided entertainment. Romans were not like their greek counterparts and enjoyed violence . People made bets on Gladiators for money. They bet that if their Gladiator won, then they'd get more money then what they started with.

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Did Roman gladiators have any education?

It would depend upon the individual gladiator. Some were prisoners of war and they could very well have come from wealthy families who were able to afford to educate them, others were possibly not well educated slaves or lower classed people. All gladiators were well educated in their craft and thoroughly trained before going into the arena.

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What did gladiators do?

Gladiators were mainly of two types - actual gladiators (a lot like modern boxers) or prisoners of war.

Actual gladiators were fighters who wished to test their battle skills as training or sport in the battle arena (eg. Colosseum in Rome). These fought until they were tired or wounded or resigned. Killing each other was a very rare occasion and these gladiators were given money by the emperor for their skills.

Prisoners of war caught by the Romans were a nuisance for them. To get rid of them, the Romans thought of a bright idea. They forced the prisoners to fight against their cellmates (even wild animals) with minimal weapons. A group of people left out were later executed. These people did not know how to fight (even though the Romans tried to train them to make it interesting). In the Roman Empire, Gladiators were mostly used for entertainment; for both the Emperor and the masses of citizens at the arena. Gladiators were basically slaves made to fight for the pleasure of the audience. :D hope I helped!

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What type of animals did Roman gladiators fight?

Lions, bears, tigers, hippos, and even a rhino

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What or Who is Legion?

A Legion is a division of the Roman army, usually comprising 3000 to 6000 soldiers. A legion is also military or semimilitary unit. Very great in numbers,an army of men. Legion, also known as the Gadarene demon, or translated as Lots, is a demon found in the Christian Bible in Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30. A parallel version of the story can be found in Matthew 8:28-34, but this version does not contain the name "Legion" and tells of two men, not just one, possessed by a multitude of demons. In the story, Jesus traveled to "the country of the Gadarenes" (Luke 8:37), "the country of the Gergesenes" (Matthew 8:28), or "the region of the Gerasenes" (Mark 5:1) and met a man possessed by an evil spirit, which spoke to Jesus in a conversation. The most commonly quoted version is found in Mark 5:9: And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. [it is argued that the phrasing is, "we are legion, for we are many"

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What was the average height of an ancient roman gladiator?

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

There was no average height of the gladiators as they were from all ethnic groups whose physical characteristics would differ. What was more important than height was his build. Gladiators were fed a diet that helped them to bulk up and thus be able to endure the rigors of training and the actual combat in the arena.

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What type of clothing did ancient Romans wear?

Romans men generally wore togas and tunics. Women usually wore stolas.

Children wore tunics.

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Did roman gladiators receive education?

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

Some gladiators received education others did not. It all depended upon his status, who he was before becoming a gladiator, and his interest in learning. They all received an education in the fighting arts and in the survival techniques of the arena.

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What is the best weapon for gladiators to use?

The"best" weapon for a gladiator to use depended upon his style. There were several types of gladiator ( Thrax, Retiarius, Seutor, Myrmillo, etc.) and they each used distinctive weapons and armor. Certain types were always paired against each other and the weapons they used were the best for overcoming any weak spot in their opponent's defenses.

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What is the name of the arena that Roman Gladiators fight?

The Colosseum

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What status did Roman gladiators have in the Roman society?

The gladiators were definitely looked upon as great people, despite their humble beginnings, with some being prisoners of war, condemned criminals, slaves or volunteers seeking fame and wealth. Their status in Roman society was quite high. Despite their "outlaw" legal and social status, gladiators often enjoyed great social prestige. Young Roman boys liked to hang out at gladiator schools and even take lessons there (their parents hated it of course).

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What is the name of the wooden sword given to a Roman gladiator for freedom?

Rudis

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Where did roman gladiators stay before fighting in the arena?

under the Colosseum (the tunnels)

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How do you make a roman gladiator shield?

You can get a piece of cardboard and then cut it out with a razor blade (or whatever you have handy) and then paint it with the designs or glue stuff on it. Which ever way you want to.

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What is a gladiator?

A gladiator was a warrior (usually a slave or prisoner) who competed in various gladiatorial events. They would fight in rings and be pit up against animals, or other gladiators. Usually they fought to the death, but the fate of their lives were determined by the crowd and ultimately, by whomever called the games forth. If a gladiator killed many men, or had done something particularly crowd-pleasing, they would be given a wooden sword to symbolize their freedom.

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The preesent word "gladiator" is somewhat of a misnomer as a glasiator sinifies a person who fought with a sworf "gladius"

The were many types of men, weapons and styles represented in the ranks of the "Gladiators". These include:

  • Rudiarius (Free men who fought as gladiators for fame and fortune
  • Gladiato Tertiarius (Substitute Gladiators, understudies for famous fighters)
  • Sagittarius (Mounted Bowman)
  • Amazones - Female Gladiators

They were also divided by their arms and armour

Those that were heavily armed:

  • Cataphractarius (Heavily protected gladiator)
  • Gallus (Heavily armed Gladiator )
  • Hoplomachi (Armed Fighters)
  • Provocatores (Challengers Protected by a Breastplate)
  • Samnites: (Large Shields and Plumed Helmets)
  • Secutores (Slashers / Carvers)
  • Scissores (Carvers - Short Swords)
  • Murmillones (Gladius and Shield Gladiator)

Those that were lightly armed:

  • Dimachaeri (Gladiators With Two Swords)
  • Thracian (Thrax - Curved Swords)
  • Eques (Horseback And Sword Gladiator)
  • Essedari (War-Chariot Fighters)
  • Laquerarii (Lasso Fighters)
  • Paegniarius: (Whip, Club and Shield Gladiator)
  • Retiarii (Net Fighters)
  • Velites (Fought in groups with Spears

Those thatb were "oddites" or mainly for unusual attributes of "humour"

  • Andabatae (Sight Restricted Gladiators with no eye holes in their helmets)
  • Bestiarii (Beast Fighters including Taurarii or bull fighters)
  • Naumachiarii ( Combatants in Sea-fights which imvolved flooding the fighting area)
  • Praegenarii (Opening Act Gladiators usually of lower quality or "amusement" types)
  • Venatores (Wild Animal Hunters)
  • Paegniarius (Animal Fighters with a Whip)

Gadiators could also e defined by how they came to be fighters. These include:

  • Auctorati: Ciizens who fought to pay off debts
  • Tirones gladiatores or Tiro: Gladiator in training trying to make name for themselves
  • Veteranus (Veterani): The trained (experienced) gladiator.
  • Meridiani: Gladiators specailizing in mid day fights (simiar to opening acts at concerts
  • Ordinarii: The average gladiators, not the super stars.
  • Catervarii: Gladiators in melee fights
  • Noxii: Criminals who fought instead of facing execution (any chance was better than none)
  • Gladiatores Fiscales: Professional state supported fighters.
  • Gladiatores Postulatitii: The superstars of the gladiatorial world.,

The Gladiators were slaves in Ancient Rome which would fight to the death against animals and fellow slaves for sheer amusement of the Roman people. If fought and won a lot a Gladiator would be given citizenship.

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Originally they were two men chosen to sword-fight to the death as a funeral rite for an important Roman, with the belief that the slain man would accompany the important Roman in the afterlife. The name gladiator was taken from gladius, the name of the Roman infantry short sword. Later as these games became popular entertainment with several types of gladiators armed in various ways. Gladiators also fought against animals. Although seen rarely, the gladiatrix was a woman who fought in the arena. Very few gladiators were volunteers. They were mostly slaves, convicted criminals, and prisoners of war who were sentenced to be gladiators. They were considered the scum of Roman society, and yet they were highly admired. The least successful gladiators were killed in the arena. The most successful gladiators eventually won their freedom. Not all matches resulted in death for a defeated gladiator, as their training made them too valuable to throw away. As correctly stated by the above answer, the Romans did love the gladiatorial games very much.
Gladiators were normally roman slaves or law-breakers who, were trained to fight in an arena. In the arena, they had to fight other gladiators and animals, such as lions. If a gladiator was a very good fighter, he would be rewarded freedom.

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What happened to the roman gladiator if they won the battle?

Gladiators would be granted back there freedom if they were slaves, they will be free from fighting and living in a cell

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What year were Roman gladiators around?

The first Roman gladiatorial fight was in 264BC in the Middle Roman republic. They were popular throughout the Roman empire. Flavius Honorius decreed an end to the contests in 399AD, and they stopped being actually practiced some time after then. The actual duration of their presence is relatively unknown. Whether or not the games preceded this event, The Campanians, in 310 BC, celebrated their defeating the Samnites in the first Samnite War (343-341 BC) with the aid of Rome by pitching Samnite slaves against one another using armour they had captured during the war. The games became more popular throughout the Republic, and through the Imperial Era. In 399, Honorius tried to end the games by banning gladiatorial schools, thus lowering the quality of the games, and as he most likely hoped, the interest in the games. When the last games occurred is unknown, although in 440 AD, Bishop Salvius released a Pamphlet which directly attacked the games, although Gladiatorial games were not mentioned. (Gladiatorial games were only part of a larger set of games, including the Venatio, games with animals, and the midday execution of condemned criminals.) From this we can only assume that the games had ceased, as at this point Christians were trying to cease the games on a moral basis.

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Did roman gladiators wear armor?

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

Yes, the gladiators wore armor. Their armor and weapons varied with the style of fighting that they performed. They also had distinctive helmets.

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What was the reward for winning and ancient roman gladiator battle?

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

Money. The gladiators got paid for their victories.

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