Were they heroes or victims?
Slaves were victims because they were forced to become gladiators and fight. Most likely, the slave would die because the emperor and people favored the wealthy more. They were forced to fight men and ferocious animals. Also, the crowd of people at the fight got to choose who would be the victor and who would die. It's more of a popularity contest than a fight.
By Mark Engelmen, Blake Rondeau, and Justin Leggin