Fascinating information about the different types of gladiators including the Bestiarii gladiator (gladiators who specialised in beast fighters), the Retiarii gladiator ( gladiators who carried a trident, a dagger, and a net), the Dimachaeri gladiator ( gladiators who used two-swords, one in each hand) and their clothing.
There is also a section on Female Gladiators. In this section you will find the answers to questions like "How did a gladiator prepare for his fight at the Colosseum?", "What was the life of a gladiator in the Colosseum of Ancient Rome?", "What were the ceremonies in the arena of the Colosseum?".
Types of Gladiators
There were many different types heavily protected and armored gladiators such as the Gallus (from Gaul), Samnite, Thracian (Thrax), Murmillo, Hoplomachus, Secutor, Provocator or Cataphractarius. The lightly armed gladiators, who wore little armor, so had freedom of movement, included gladiators such as the Retiarius, Dimachaeri or the Laquerarius who would have made good opponents for the heavily armoured gladiators.
Many Roman Emperors enjoyed the spectacles that the Colosseum had to offer and many of the games were financed by the emperors themselves. There was even an Emperor who took great delight in participating in the games held at the Colosseum - the Emperor Commodus - the Emperor featured in the Russell Crowe movie Gladiator. Other famous emperors enjoyed participating in gladiatorial combat. The names of other famous gladiators have been documented by Roman authors and historians and these famous gladiators are all mentioned in this article.
Types of Gladiators
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Gladiators Facts and Information
Weapons and Armor worn by Gladiators
The Romans took the best ideas and different types of weapons from the nations that they conquered, making improvements and adjustments as required. There were nearly 30 different types of gladiator who specialised in using specific weapons, armor and shields. Facts and info with a List of Gladiator Weapons with the Definition and Description of Gladiator Weapons and their different types of armor. Tridents, different swords , daggers and spears are all detailed and their is a separate section on the most famous gladiator weapon - the Gladius. Gladius is a Latin word for sword. The Gladius was the weapon after which the gladiator (swordsman) was named.
Life of Gladiators - Schools Training and Fighting Techniques
A good educational resource for students and teachers is the section on the life of a gladiator. This includes references to the Gladiators Training Schools including the famous schools in Rome called the Great Gladiatorial Training School (Ludus Magnus), Bestiaries School (Ludus Matutinus), Gallic School (Ludus Gallicus) and the Dacian School (Ludus Dacicus).
Gladiators Facts and Information
The Female Gladiators of Ancient Rome fought in the bloody arenas, including the Roman Colosseum. Female gladiators were called Amazones after the tribe of fierce women warriors that we now refer to as Amazons. Female gladiators were also referred to as gladiatrices.
Gladiators - The Gladiatorial Games, the Entry of Gladiators and the Death of Gladiators
These articles cover the Gladiatorial Games, the Entry of Gladiators and the Death of Gladiators. The language of the arena is featured with history, facts, explanations and descriptions of the various elements of the ceremonies and procedures adopted in the arenas of the Ancient Romans. Death - The bodies of the noxii would then be dragged from the arena sometimes by hooks in their heels, to make this chore easier. Their dead bodies were dragged through the Gate of Death called the Porta Libitinensis, This name derives from Libitina who was the goddess of funerals. The corpses were then taken to the Spoliarium.
Gladiators - The Gladiator Movie
Interest in the lives of Gladiators increased when the Gladiator movie was released in 2000. The Gladiator won a total of 5 Oscars. The Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role went to Russell Crowe in the leading role of Gladiator. The Cast of Gladiator is detailed in a full film Cast List and additional information also includes a full summary of Gladiator the movie and details of the music and soundtrack of Gladiator, the Gladiators Theme.
Gladiators - Spartacus
This section covers Spartacus the movie which was released in 1960, re-released in 1967 and again in 1991 when previously censored scenes were included in the movie including the famous 'Snails Or Oysters' scene. The Cast of Spartacus is detailed in a full film Cast List and additional information also includes a full summary of Spartacus the movie and details of the music and soundtrack of Spartacus. The real Spartacus is revealed in the biography on Spartacus and a Timeline of Spartacus.
Information and Facts about the Gladiators
Interesting facts and information on the Gladiators who fought to the death in the Colosseum arena in Ancient Rome. Facts and information about the different types of Gladiators, the weapons, their armor and their different styles of fighting. How a gladiator lived, and died. Facts and information about the gladiator schools and how a gladiator might obtain his freedom.