GLADIATORS

Facts and Information about some of the fiercest Romans

WHO WERE THE GLADIATORS?

- The Gladiators were mostly slaves and conquered peoples

- Even some free men and men of the upper class started becoming Gladiators

GLADIATOR BATTLES

- The Gladiator Battles were first held at funerals for the upper class

- Gladiators fought in large amphitheaters with huge crowds such as the Colosseum

- The Battles had a referees who enforced the strict rules and regulations

- The Gladiators rarely fought to the death

-The fights were one on one between men of a similar size and experience

-The crowd determined the out come of the fights

-Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down?

-Fighting against Animals

-Gladiator fighting styles

GLADIATOR LIFE

-Living Conditions

- Daily Routine

-Training  

-Value

-Life after Fighting

GLADIATOR FACTS

-Some women fought in Gladiator Bouts

-Some Emperors even fought in Gladiator Bouts

-Gladiators were given a "Last Meal" which was a large feast held the day before the games for the Gladiators

-Even though Gladiators would fight some of the people they lived and trained with they formed close relationships with each other

-Spartacus was one of the most famous Gladiators and he led the most famous slave revolt in Rome's history

Report By: Aaron Buller

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