Главная > Реферат >Остальные работы
Gladiators of Rome
By Bartek Sliwa
Gladiators were trained warriors who fought each other to the death to
entertain the Roman people. Most of these matches took place at a large
Amphitheater called the Colosseum. The majority of them were slaves who
were sold to gladiator schools where they were trained to become gladiators.
There they were put in different classes that determined what type of a
gladiator they would be. Even tough many of them became rich by winning
fights most died in the following matches and never enjoyed their new fame
Emperor Titus wanted to create more entertainment for the people of
Rome by providing more Amphitheaters and other public facilities. A huge
Amphitheater was built in the center of Rome called the Colosseum. It was
50 meters high, 86 meters long and 54meters long. It took over ten years to
construct and could house almost 50,000 spectators. Most of it is still
standing today. Many other amphitheaters were set up all over the empire
but none of them even compare to the Colosseum. It was opened on 80 A.D.
with emperor Titus there to begin the first games, which lasted 100 days.
Most emperors enjoyed gladiator matches and often attended them at the
Colosseum. They would be the President of the games and sometimes be the
final say in weather the loser is to be executed. A huge feast was held for the
gladiators. For many it was their last meal. The day would usually begin
with fights between animals or other activities. But the biggest attraction at
the Colosseum was the gladiator contests, where hundreds of men would die
every day for the amusement of the audience. Rome was a very violent
society and Gladiators became renowned through out the empire.
The Gladiators schools were well equipped with trainers, doctors and
training equipment to keep the men fit. Most of them enjoyed their life at the
school and as a gladiator much better then when they were free, Because
they were kept comfortable, well fed and cloth and were able to leave the
school sometimes. Gladiators were placed under the control of their trainers.
They were all skilled warriors who spent most of their time with their trainer
getting ready for their next fight, which could very well be their last. The
trainers were often former gladiators them selves and passed the knowledge
of their experience down to their students. They were first taught the main
fighting skills and then the particular class of fighting which they were the
best at. Also they were taught navel warfare for when the Colosseum was
flooded with water and boats were brought in.
Types of Gladiators
Not all gladiators had the same weapons and armor. There were
different classes of gladiators based on size, strength and skill, which
determined his weaponry. The large, strong men were usually trained to
become Murmillo or Sammnite gladiators. The Murmillo was heavily
armored, carried a rectangular shield and a short sword. The Sammnite class
was very similar except that he carried a much larger shield. Then there was
the Retiarrii and Thracian gladiators who were usually smaller and lightly
armed. The Retiarrii had a net, trident and dagger, while the Thracian was
armed with a small round shield and a curved razor-sharp dagger. Most
matches were between fighters of different classes to add variety to the fight.
Such as a Sammnite would fight a Retiarrii, where the more lightly armed
Retiarrii would have more speed and agility. The heavily armed Sammnite
would be slower but more protected by his armor. There four the Sammnite
was better equipped for defense and the Retiarrii for attack. All of the
classes had advantages and disadvantages to their style but overall they were
Life of a Gladiator
Most gladiators were usually Slaves, criminals or prisoners of war
who had little choice in weather or not they wanted to be a gladiator. But
some of them were wealthy citizens of the Roman Empire who volunteered
to become a gladiator to gain fame. Very few of them lived to fight more
than two or three matches. When a gladiator won a match the emperor
would reward him with prizes of gold and silver. A poor slave gladiator
could suddenly become rich. If he won five fights in a row, he won wooden
sword called a ?Rudis? which made him a free man. But many of them
didn?t leave with their money because of the trill of winning and the thought
of more gold and silver made them want to fight again. As a gladiator
survived more fights he became more and more famous, much like famous
athletes are today. The gladiators really enjoy the fame and most decided to
stay and risk their live to maintain it. Most of them didn?t live long enough
to enjoy their new fortune. Some men did chose freedom and to enjoy their
fortune, they often became trainers of the next generation a gladiators.
Gladiators were brave warriors who were willing to die for the
entertainment of the emperor and Roman people. Most of these matches
took place at a large Amphitheater called the Colosseum. Usually most of
them were slaves who were sold to gladiator schools where they were
trained to become gladiators. The size of the Gladiator determined what
class he would fall under. Even tough many of them became rich, most died
in the following fight. Basically by staying they exchanged their life for sort
lived fame and a small fortune they would never collect. When they retired
they would collect the wealth and freedom they had earned but they would
lose the fame. But if they stayed then the fame would be maintained as long
as they live but the fortune never used. For these brave men no amount of
freedom or fortune can replace being admired and respected by thousands.
Peter Amey: Pax Roma: Greenhaven Press, Inc: Copyright 1980: Great Britain
Anne Steel: A Roman Gladiator: Wayland Publishers: Copyright 1988: Belgium
Pierre Miquel: Life in Ancient Rome: Silver Burdett Company: copyright 1978: United States
- Gladiator Essay, Research Paper Gladiator Directed by Ridley Scott, Gladiator is an epic tale of honor, love, ... never act as a just emperor of Rome and he must announce that ... life as a gladiator. Maximus? fame as a gladiator grew within Rome as his skill ...
- The Waiting Room Essay, Research Paper Ring! Ring! Who ... couch by the back of the room. Getting comfortable Henry ... uncontrollably. Like a medieval gladiator protecting his lady in distress ... , well actually a series of dreams. Each one with a different outcome ...
- ... Influence Of Theater Essay, Research Paper Perhaps one of the greatest aspects of the Arts ... association with the entertainment of the gladiator arena (which involved the ... a “rebirth” or rediscovery of the classical worlds of Rome and Greece. The Renaissance ...
- ... Of Slavery Essay, Research Paper Slavery has been around since the beginning of ... marriages were recognized. The Roman Empire took over Greece ... turned their slaves into gladiators. This means they would ... AD. After the fall of Rome many changes were taking ...
- Roman Collusiums Essay, Research Paper Architecture of the ancient Roman Empire is considered one of the most ... scarred and ugly by Roman standards.9 The gladiator fight was a ruthless ... were used for emperors and gladiators (one of which was used to ...