The gladiator is one of the most enduring figures of
Ancient Rome. Heroic, though of lowly status, they fought vicious
duels in large arenas filled with baying crowds. The survivor could
be either executed (the famous ‘thumbs down’ signal) or spared at
the whim of the crowd or the Emperor. Few lasted more than a dozen
fights, yet they were a valuable asset to their owners.
But how did they fight and how did their weapons and techniques