Essay The Gladiator And The Roman Empire

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The gladiator was an armed fighter, who fought in the arenas to entertain audiences thought-out the Roman Empire from 264AD-404CE. “The term gladiator derives from the Latin gladiatores in reference to their principal weapon the gladius or short sword.” The majority of the gladiators were slaves fighting against other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. The origins of gladiators and the gladiator games are often disputed, but gladiators were believed to have started from the Etruscan civilization for religious purposes. For the Roman Empire, the “gladiator games were an opportunity for Emperors and rich aristocrats to display their wealth to the populace, to commemorate military victories, mark visits from important officials, celebrate birthdays or simply to distract the populace from the political and economic problems of the day.” Gladiator fights were the most popular form of entertainment in not only the Roman Empire, but in modern times as well due to the reason that not only it was bloody, but there was an attraction to the symbolism of life and death associated with those fights. Most gladiator fights did not end in death, because gladiators were expensive to buy and train. If a gladiator died in a fight, the sponsor had to reimburse the owner for the damage. Films like Gladiator and TV shows like Spartacus often portray to the viewer the beauty and brutality of gladiator life. They often show gladiators as trying to obtain their freedom by winning…

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