50 Facts You Didn't Know About Roman Gladiators

By Jake Schroeder

In the days of the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire, the Gladiators were the most popular entertainment. At massive arenas like the Colosseum, hundreds and even thousands of Roman citizens would gather to watch these gruesome spectacles. The gladiators and their games have become legendary and are among the most iconic imagery of Ancient Rome.

How much do you know about the Roman gladiators? From their recruitment and training to the games themselves, the gladiators led exciting and often perilous lives. Here are 50 facts you didn't know about the Roman gladiators.

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Photo Courtesy: [Jean-Léon Gérôme/Wikimedia Commons]


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