Ludi Gladiatori

Posted by marmara on April 12, 2013

Venationes: The game lasted all day. Morning came loose the wild beasts that fought among themselves or against hunters were also used to kill the condemned, some Christian martyrs died in this way, but there is no record of cases in the Coliseum. In the struggles of animals were used for all kinds of species such as polar bears, elephants, tigers and rhinos in India. The bestiary were faced against the fierce, sometimes included in the program some grace, like fighting against Wildcats on stilts. Around noon, the bodies were leaving the pavement and covered with clean sand to prepare the main course: the struggles of gladiators. Gladiators: The Ludi Gladiatori, well-trained fighters faced by couples in different ways. The origin of the gladiatorial combat is attributed to the Etruscans.

The gladiators were mostly prisoners of war or slaves who were trained in a sort of barracks with specialized instructors, and also free men who had surrendered to Lanistes (employers of gladiators) just for the pleasure. The gladiators were trained according to their skills in different weapons. Among the verses dam types, highlighting the Samnites wearing shield and sword, the Thracians were protected with a shield and fought with a knife, the murmilones wearing helmets decorated with a fish and usually fought with retiari, armed with a network and trident, equestrians, fighting on horseback with a lance, and fought in Meridiani that the days he had other shows to fill the intermediate and the rest period was left at noon. Before starting the fight, gladiators saluted the emperor with the classic Ave imperator, Morituri te salutant. Several couples or groups fought at a time When one gladiator was wounded, he could ask forgiveness. The emperor heard the crowd's opinion on whether he had fought them properly.

If all the fallen waved his handkerchief he forgave life. If not, people would turn down his fist with the thumb stiff and the gladiator was crowned the victor or a servant. The victorious gladiator was rewarded with riches and managed to win public sympathy. The most coveted honor they could get was the wooden sword (rudis) a symbol of liberation. Also dramatized mythological and historical battles with the contestants dressed appropriately. These scenes were used to kill the condemned in an imaginative way: whereas in normal shows the protagonist's death was a fiction, because in the last minute was replaced by a puppet in the circus, the actor destined to die, die really. Although not a natural space in also arrived at the Colosseum held naumachias or mock naval battles, such as that offered at the time of Domitian. To achieve some areas of pavement removed to flood the arena of water. '.

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