Gladiators throughout Roman time have served as a major entertainment source while providing a flow of money and commerce throughout the city. Gladiator battles took place in the world renowned Colosseum and were open to viewing by anyone. The “selection process” to become a gladiator is much simpler than one might think. Most gladiators were slaves, captured criminals, or they simply volunteered to receive gladiator “benefits” such as; medical care, food, and shelter, so most anyone was able to participate in these battles. Although open to anyone, before a gladiator could go into battle they must train in specialized training camps where they endure a series of tests to prepare them both physically and mentally for the battle. After they are cleared by the head coach they may then enter into the gladiator battles. During a battle gladiators receive a shield, sword, some armor, and a variety of other weapons to use against their opponents. Gladiator battles in the Colosseum either took place on the dry arena ground, or in some cases the Colosseum was filled with water and the gladiators would partake in sea battles, where they fought in battleships. In conclusions, Roman gladiators were a focal point in daily living and entertained the townspeople. In the end, there was only one ultimate gladiator who won the battle.
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- Watkins, Richard Ross. Gladiator. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Print.