Essay On Gladiator

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Gladiators were fierce warriors not often afraid of death even though it was likely. Did you know the death rate was about 17%? Although they were famous then and still are now, they had to start somewhere.

Gladiators were, by definition, “a professional fighter who specialised with particular weapons and fought before the public in large purpose-built arenas”(Gladiator, Cartwright) Majority of fighters were either slaves, former slaves, or condemned prisoners(Gladiator, Cartwright), although not all were “brought in chains”(10 Things, Andrews). These warriors were often desperate men or skilled ex-soldier(10 Things, Andrews). Knights and even senators participated in these events to show off their gladiatorial pedigrees(10 Things, Andrews).
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This was typical at the time. In 105 BCE, was the first official Roman gladiator games. During 73 BCE - 71 BCE, famous gladiator, Spartacus, leads a slave revolt in the southern Italy which wins him and his following several victories against the Roman army. In 71 BCE, Marcus Licinius Crassus ends the Spartacus slave revolt in southern Italy. During 59 AD, a riot in the Pompeii arena between locals and citizens of Nuceria led to a ten-year ban on gladiator games in Pompeii. In 72 AD, Vespasian began construction on the Roman Colosseum which would hold up to 50,000 people. In 80 AD, the Colosseum in Rome was officially opened by Titus, Vespasian’s son, with a “100 day gladiator spectacular”. During 81 AD - 96 AD construction was finally completed on the Colosseum during the reign of Domitian (brother of Titus and son of Vespasian). During 200 AD Roman Emperor, Septimius Severus, bans woman gladiators. Sometime during 404 AD, Roman Emperor Honorius, bans gladiator games altogether (Gladiator,…show more content…
The Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre , started construction in 72 AD during the reign of Vespasian. Although construction wasn’t finished, it was opened in 80 AD. The construction finished between 81 and 96 AD during the reign of Domitian. Events held here included gladiator battles, animal fights and
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