Sagittarius - (Mounted Bowman)
This changed over the years and the names of the different types of gladiators reflected their combat techniques such as Secutores (chasers), Bestiarii (beast fighters) and Retiarius (net fighters). Gladiators were always clothed and armed to resemble barbarians with unusual and exotic weapons and their fights depicted famous victories over barbarians and the power of the Roman Empire.
Sagittarii were auxiliary archers who fought on horseback.
The auxiliary troops in the Roman army consisted of foreign
allies. The word Sagittarius in Latin literally means an
archer (sagitta means an arrow and Arcus means a bow).
Definition of a Sagittarius -
Weapons, Armor, Fighting Styles and Opponents
What type of gladiator was
a Sagittarius? What weapons and armor did they use? What was their style of combat? And what type of gladiator was matched as their opponent?
Definition: The Sagittarius was a
type of Roman gladiator who fought
with a bow and arrows on horseback
- Opponent: This type of gladiator was a speciality
act. The Sagittarius took part in mock battles
reflecting the victories of Rome against noxii gladiators who had
little chance of winning.
Sagittarius were paid well to appear
in the arena. They had to be trusted
as spectators would have been in
danger of being killed.
- They most likely appeared and billed as great
- The display of exotic wild animals were an
important part of the games. The wild animals appeared in order to
replicate hunting exploits. The types of animals used for these
hunting shows were wild boar, bulls, bears deer, stags, dogs,
wolves, goats and antelopes. See
Animals at the Colosseum
- The Emperors
Commodus were expert
archers. Emperors joined in these events, shooting animals
using a bow and arrows, from the safety of their Imperial Box
- Weapons: This type of gladiator
used short, curved bows of Parthian origins
- Body Armor and helmet worn by this type of gladiator: They
wore scaled armour and pointed helmets
- Shield: None
- Clothing worn: Canvas Loin Cloth (subligaculum) worn in a variety of colors,
sandals or barefoot
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