It’s been said that for a gladiator to die well, he must never cry out nor beg for mercy in combat. The dishonor of defeat and weakness was only deemed noble by spectators though a good death.
You might be surprised to know that back in ancient Rome, Emperors performed as gladiators themselves, such as Titus, Caracalla, and Didius Julianus among others.
Though, their level of risk was far less and more suited for public support than the true gladiators. In reality, for common gladiators, death was imminent by the tenth match or around the age of thirty.
This quote from the gladiator’s oath might put things in perspective as to why, “He vows to endure to be burned, to be bound, to be beaten, and to be killed by the sword.”
In the Amphitheaters like the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, these combatants were the epitome of martial ethics and celebrated with inspired admiration. In fact, as popular entertainers they were often depicted in renowned artworks and prime city sculptures.
However, what might surprise you is that these gladiators weren’t just battling wild animals or condemned criminals, the truth is some were merely volunteers! If there was a truer definition for the word bravery, that just might be it.
Why volunteer? Well, it was a last effort way to improve legal or social standing by risking your life. Not to mention the rewards such as ones from Tiberius, who offered $500,000 (100,000 sesterces). And Nero, who awarded property to those who triumphed in the arena. Others like Mark Anthony, provided paid positions as personal guards.
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