The Roman Gladiator

Without doubt, gladiator spectacles were one of the most watched forms of popular entertainment in the Roman world. By Mark CartwrightHistorian Introduction A Roman gladiator was an ancient professional fighter who specialised with particular weapons and armour. They fought before the public in organised games held in large purpose-built arenas throughout the Roman Empire from 105 BCE to 404[…]

Panem Et Circenses: Ancient Roman Entertainment for Appeasement

“The people are only anxious for two things: bread and circuses.” Introduction Two men ready their weapons. An excited crowd of Romans cheer loudly in anticipation. Both combatants realize full well that this day might be their last. They are gladiators, men who fight to the death for the enjoyment of others. As the two[…]