This was the frist type of glatiator. it is named after one of romes earlyest enemies. they were armed with with large retangualar shield named a scutum. along with this they carried a strait sword. and they would were a helmet and metal bands on there left shin and right arm.
Hoplomachus were also,heavely armed and carried a dager. there have never been confrimed that the samnite and Hoplomachus had any diffrences.