Gladiators: Heroes or Victims?

By: Julia Garcia, Alli Christian, Cole Moore

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Who Were Gladiators?

Gladiators were crinimals, slaves, or volunteers. They were trained in schools called ludis on how to fight. They then were put in an arena called amphitheaters where they would fight to the death for others entertainment. In the beginning these battles were held for funerals, but then they just turned into an activity for amusment. They fought with swords and body armors hoping to live through the battle. The crowd and the emperor decided the fate of these gladiators.

The Gladitorial Games

These gory games lasted from 264 BC until the 5th century. The animal killings however lasted until the 6th century. The games were divided into three sections- the morning, lunch, and afternoon. The morning was celebrated by slaughtering exotic animals for mother nature. Lunch was held to kill criminals for entertainment and the audience ate to satisfy their hunger. In the afternoon were the actual gladitorial games, when people fought to the death with little protection.

Different Types of Gladiators

¥ Murmillo- Large shield covering from top of arm to the shin. The shield was bombarding and could become a hassle.




¥ Thraex- Square shield that only covered the middle body but was easy to carry.




¥ Hoplomachus- Small round shield that gave little protection.



¥ Provocatores- Fighter with a lot of protection. Rectangle shield that covers arms to lower legs. They also wore helmets



¥ Andabatae: Wore helmets with no eye holes. They charged blindly at one another on horseback



¥ Dimachaeri: Used two-swords, one in each hand



¥ Bestiarii: originally armed with a spear or knife, these gladiators were condemned to fight beasts with a high probability of death



¥ Equites: Fought on horseback with a spear and gladius, dressed in a full tunic



¥ Hoplomachi or Samnite: Fully armored, and based on Greek hoplites



¥ Scissores: Little is known about this ominous sounding gladiator






¥ Andabatae: wore helmets with no eye holes. They charged blindly at one another on horseback



¥ Dimachaeri: Used two-swords, one in each hand



¥ Bestiarii: originally armed with a spear or knife, these gladiators were condemned to fight beasts with a high probability of death



¥ Equites: Fought on horseback with a spear and gladius, dressed in a full tunic



¥ Hoplomachi or Samnite: Fully armored, and based on Greek hoplites



¥ Scissores: Little is known about this ominous sounding gladiator








We Think Gladiators Are Victims... What do YOU think?