The Roman Empire
Gladiators were elite, armed athletes, who took part in violent, and often deadly, combat in public spectacles, the greatest arena of all was the Colosseum in Rome. Thousands of gladiators and animals fought and died in this wonder of the ancient world.
Step inside the history books and observe the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the most powerful economic, cultural,
political and military forces in the world at the time, and birth place of the Gladiator.
Who are the Gladiators?
Hollywood likes to cast them as heroic freedom fighters, but what was life really like for Rome’s arena-warriors? Who
were Spartacus, Commodus, and Flamma and where did they come from? How did they become Gladiators?
Unearth the training techniques of these ancient athletes, learn how they prepared themselves for the battles
ahead and the different gladiator fighting styles, armour and weapons used.
Traditionally purchased as slaves, successful gladiators gained thousands of supporters, enjoyed lavish gifts,
and could even be awarded freedom if they’d tallied up enough victories. However, as fights were usually to
the death, gladiators had a short life expectancy.
Rome and the Colosseum
Explore the lives of the gladiators and the colossal stage upon which their fate was determined, the Colosseum. Theirs was
a world of specialised training, discipline, regulation, and peril, but also of hope, of fame, redemption, and if
they survived, even wealth and freedom.
Take your seat in the Colosseum and witness what happened on the sands of the arena. Learn how the Colosseum
was built, who was and wasn’t allowed to sit in the arena and why there were secretive underground passages!
A day at the Arena
The Colosseum was used by the emperors to show off their power, wealth and to support their popularity. The show included
comical acts, displays of exotic animals and fights to the death between animals and Gladiators or between Gladiators.
Hear the roar of the crowd as the Gladiator battle begins – a celebration of courage, endurance, bravery,
and violence against a backdrop of fame, fortune, and social scrutiny.
Throughout the years as the Empire began to fall Roman gladiators became some of the most iconic characters
in history and have defined how we think of entertainment in ancient Rome.
The gladiators’ tales are incomparable to anything we see or do today, making them fascinating and yet