Gladiator fights roman oil lamp Thraex / Murmillo

Gladiator fights roman oil lamp Thraex / Murmillo

Roman gladiators are some of the most iconic characters in world history. The majority of gladiators weren’t actually slaves, but free men who volunteered for a slice of glory and winnings, which makes gladiator fighting seem all the more barbaric. Women also fought in gladiator fights for over 200 years until Emperor Septimius Severus banned their participation. Gladiator fighting lasted for over 650 years of history, until this brutal form of entertainment finally came to an end in 404 AD.

Roman gladiators are some of the most iconic characters in world history. The majority of gladiators weren’t actually slaves, but free men who volunteered for a slice of glory and winnings, which makes gladiator fighting seem all the more barbaric. Women also fought in gladiator fights for over 200 years until Emperor Septimius Severus banned their participation. Gladiator fighting lasted for over 650 years of history, until this brutal form of entertainment finally came to an end in 404 AD.

Battle between Gladiators, detail of a gladiator fighting and a victorious gladiator, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

Battle between Gladiators, detail of a gladiator fighting and a victorious gladiator, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

Gladiator: Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom: Ben Hubbard: 9781782742524: Amazon.com: Books

Gladiator: Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom: Ben Hubbard: 9781782742524: Amazon.com: Books

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