Who are gladiators?
Gladiators are slaves that are forced to fight in
What did they do
They trained in school.
They fought against whoever was in front of
And could also receive prizes.
Were they fought
In 80 A.D. the games began in the Colosseum,
the blood bath of Rome.
The first recorded gladiator games were in 264
Where do they come from
Gladiators are / were:
The most populer types of
Samnite-A gladiator that was armed with a
short sword, rectangular shield, and a helmet.
Retiarius (net fighter)-A type of Gladiator that
was trained to throw a net on his opponent and
then put a trident in them.
Thracian-This is a Gladiator that was armed in
Thracian style, with a rectangular shield called
a Parmula and sword that had a slightly
curved short blade called called the Sica.
The schools are where you trained to be a
When they tell you what your going to be, it
determines everything. If you a Retiarius you
were a dead man; if you a Samnite you had a
The people that are training next to to you in
line are fighting beside you one round but the
next round they’re slaughtering you.
Women once fought as gladiators and then that
was banned in A.D. 200
Gladiators when in training didn’t even have
real weapons to train with -- everything was
made out of wood.
In the arena
The biggest, largest game ever was held by
emperor Trajan in A.D. 107. He killed over
10,000 animals and 10,000 gladiators and it
took place in the Colosseum.
If you were a great fighter you would be
rewarded with a wooden baton.
At this point only the most spontaneous,
skilled gladiators could earn their freedom.
The most fights ever won in Rome was by
Publius Ostorius, he won 51 fights.