Much of the gladiators were slaves, criminals, and prisoners of war. Gladiatorial games were mostly held by the Roman Republic and forced there enemy’s to fight for their lives in the... ... middle of paper ... ...re. Tourism is the most profitable industry in Europe and gladiators grab a tourist attention and bring them to Europe (“The Roman Gladiator”). Some businesses have reenactments to give tourist a taste of what it was like to watch gladiators compete. There are several museums dedicated to the history of gladiators how they affect the modern world today.
Known and Unknown History of Roman Gladiators Gladiators are always known for the bloody fights to the death that HBO portrays, but that is not what happened in the time of the gladiators. Gladiators were not always slaves forced into battle. Gladiator fights were originally a part of a funeral service. Not all gladiators fought to the death when it came to the arena. There were many signs that could have meant death.
What actually happened at the Roman Colosseum? It was a beautiful and terrible place full of death, glory, and victory. But the Colosseum was also the center and heart of Roman culture. It was the place where gladiators could win big or lose it all evidently their lives. What is the Roman Colosseum?
After the Greek influence and the remodeling of Greek sports and games, Romans athletics grew vastly and became an important form of entertainment. The Romans were very attracted with the sports, such as boxing, wrestling, chariot racing, and gladiator battles. As soon as the athletics events arose in Rome, the sport flourished all over the Roman Empire and attracted competitors from all around the city. The competitors or athletes were enrolled from lower social class, offenders who have lost their citizenship benefits, slaves, and prisoners of war. These competitors were the individuals who battled in these Roman athletics for the glory, prizes, sporting prestige and freedom, which were given to the individuals who would win the contest.
Gladiatorial contests (munera gladitoria), hold a central place in our perception of Roman behavior. They were also a big influence on how Romans themselves ordered their lives. Attending the games was one of the practices that went with being a Roman. The Etruscans who introduced this type of contest in the sixth century BC, are credited with its development but its the Romans who made it famous. A surviving feature of the Roman games was when a gladiator fell he was hauled out of the arena by a slave dressed as the Etruscan death-demon Charun.
The fights started in 264 B.C.E. to commemorate the death of Marcus Aemilius Lepidus, and this was the start of what would become a major form of Roman entertainment. What started as a kind of religious ceremony slowly evolved into a way to entertain citizens and to help candidates for political positions to gain favor by holding the games, since people enjoyed them. The construction of the Colosseum greatly assisted in providing gladiators a place to hold their fights and to allow many more spectators to view them. Spartacus demonstrated how not everyone in ancient Rome agreed with the concept of gladiator fights and provided an opposing view rather than that of the majority of Roman citizens.
Gladiators Rome had many great things, especially within their love of brutality. Many of the Roman people enjoyed to take a break from their hard, ancient, lives and watch some grown men battle people, lions, tigers, and bears to the death (oh my!). Gladiators were a huge part of the Roman society and a large part of Roman culture. The people of Rome loved gladiator battles. The Roman coliseum was built in order to fit the standards of a bloody, brutal battle while also being able to keep thousands of Roman citizens comfortable and entertained.
The many events held at the Roman Coliseum reflect Roman society and culture. This amphitheatre hosted a multitude of public spectacles and events including gladiator fights, animal hunts, mock naval battles, and public executions. Sometimes thousands of animals were killed in a single day’s event and often “brutality was deliberate in order to achieve crudeliter -- the correct amount of cruelty” ( Mark Cartwright ). The games also demonstrated the generosity of the Emperor to the people and provided an opportunity for ordinary people to see their rule in person. These events were ritual gifts from the emperor to the ruling class.
Alan Baker states in his book The Gladiator – The Secret History of Rome’s Warrior Slaves that, “attendance at the amphitheater was an essential part of being a Roman, a member of a powerful warrior state” (Baker 2000, 39). It is said that the Romans were known for their honor and glory as a reflection of the society they lived in. This may perhaps explain why the gladiator games were popular to the citizens, because the Romans enjoyed observing these characteristics throughout the battles. Most of the time the contestants were slaves, these individuals were bought and traded at the coliseum with the intentions of battling in these games until their death. Soldiers that were captured at the end of a battle were chained to one another a... ... middle of paper ... ...2013.
After a long fought battle, Germanicus became ill and died. This event remained strong in Caligula’s memory and could have le... ... middle of paper ... ...tus, was treated with more honor than the most honorable citizens in Rome. He intended to appoint the horse as a consul, but the little sanity he had left led him to abandon this idea. Not long after his many tyrannical actions, the Praetorian guards planned his murder. According to history books, the guards mainly killed Caligula for personal reasons but many believe that Caligula’s successor Claudius was involved.