GLADIATORS

Are they heroes or victims?

Definition in Dictionary

HERO:

A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

VICTIM:

A person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.



Gladiator comes from the Latin word swordsman.

THEY ARE BOTH HEROES AND VICTIMS

I think that gladiators are both heroes and victims.

They are victims becaue most gladiators were recruited from the ranks of criminals who had lost their citizenship rights, as well as slaves and prisoners of war, who had no rights whatsoever.

-The gladiators go into the fight not knowing whether or not they will die.

The gladiators are heroes because if they win, they are respected by others.



Can gladiators really be heroes and victims at the same time?

Yes, they can. Gladiators can be a hero because if they win, they earn the respect and honor from the people. They will feel very important and admired.

They can also be victims because most of them are held against their will to fight, and they die. Most of them are slaves and don't have a choice in whether or not they will live or not.

Romans were very unmerciful to each other.