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- The animal displays were merely used to wet the audience's appetite for the
main attraction-the gladiatorial bouts.
- Roman gladiators were specially trained performers, mostly captured war
prisoners, who fought to stay alive a little longer.
- The gladiators specialized in peculiar forms of fighting:
- For the most part, these games aroused brutal passions and blood lust in the
Roman people and created a class of lazy loungers who did nothing but attend
- the "retiarus" armed with a net, dagger, and a trident (three pronged pitch
fork) usually fought the:
- the "secutor" who was armed only with sword and shield and a helmet on his
- The helmeted figure in the picture was called a "samnis." He wore a sleeve of
leather or metal with a shoulder piece on the right arm, a belt, greaves on
the legs, a vizored helmet with crest, and carried a shield and short sword.