In an Australian exclusive, Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is now on at Queensland Museum until 28 January 2018 as part of an international touring exhibition.
The exhibition features more than 110 original artefacts including pieces of the Colosseum, authentic elaborately decorated bronze gladiator helmets and original arms and armour preserved in the ashes of Pompeii.
Gladiators is timed ticketed experience where visitors will be able to immerse themselves in the everyday lives of Ancient Roman Gladiators with interactive games and displays that reveal who gladiators were, where they lived and how they trained.
Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum is produced by Expona and Contemporanea Progetti and features artefacts from seven Italian museums and institutions.
The exhibition will tell the story of Roman gladiators in four thematic zones: The Roman Empire; Rome and the Colosseum; Who are the Gladiators? and A Day at the Arena.
Take the journey back in time to be a part of history and go behind the scenes to learn the story of these armed athletes who fought to entertain and inspire the people of Ancient Rome.
Object Image Credits
Helmet of a Provocator, from the Barracks of the Gladiators of Pompeii, Bronze, I Century AD, Napoli, © Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Paestum. All rights reserved.
Relief with combat between two Provocatores, Marble, Around 30 BCE, Roma, © Museo Nazionale Romano - Terme di Diocleziano. All rights reserved.
Gold glass medallion with a scene of Venatio, glass and gold foil, IV century AD, © Bologna, Museo Civico Archeologico. All rights reserved.
Level 1, QPAC
Cnr Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank
9.00am to 8.30pm Monday to Saturday
The Colosseum had 80 entrances and could seat approximately 50,000 spectators who would come to watch sporting events and games. These events included gladiatorial combats, wild animal hunts and, believe it or not, ship naval battles!