Friday, September 23, 2011

Gladiator Training

When you mention Gladiator training to people today, they immediately reference the movies Sparticus and Gladiator.  Why is that?  The actors who portrayed these gladiators of ancient Rome resembled the real thing, physically, at least.  The first step in entering a Ludus was being in both fine physical shape, to withstand the training and fights, and be attractive to the masses.

Gladiators were both slaves and freemen, who elected to renounce their social status.  Before entering training a novice first had to swear an oath agreeing to endure both humiliation and death with honor.  After signing a contract agreeing on a monetary value and the amounts of fights per year, he was then evaluated for what style of fighting he would best be suited for.

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