Are Gladiators Victims or Heroes

By: Colin Shrader

Heroes or victms?

When Romans conquered other nations, they almost always took prisoners. These prisoners were sold and participated inside the gladiatorial games. criminals were also put in the arena for their crime. In these cases the Gladiator is an victim.

Titus emporer of rome

Emporer Titus (above) was emporer for the only gladitorial match ever recorded in detail. Along with watching over the games in front row seats emporers also had special power in the games. they could give a gladiator life or death.


Are these poor souls Heroes?

In some cases yes! Some Roman citizens can choose to become a gladiator for the fame and fortune that being a gladiator brings. So now it's up to you. Are they Heroes or Victims?