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Ancient Roman Entertainment

Ancient Roman Entertainment

Vocabulary!Circus Maximus-was a huge racetrac, with seats for 250,000 spectatorsColosseum- a huge arena, made of stone(to the left of this) where the gladiator battles took placeSamnites,Gauls, and Thracians were most common heavy-armored gladiatorsRetiarius and secutor-were the common light-armored types of gladiators.

Throngs of people came to watch the gladiatorial fights. At first, gladiatorial fights were used to gain popularity by the politicians, but later, after the creation of the empire, the games became more about the gladiators and their showman ship. The gladiators embodied the Roman beliefs of strength and honor, as they fought gallantly and bravely in the arenas. Even Cicero, a statesman who disliked gladiatorial fights, saw the gladiator’s honor and courage as an example to all the citizens in Rome.

Roman entertaintment tells us that the Romans were people who relished in bloodsport, but also highly valued bravery and honor.

The most popular type of roman entertainment was anything that had to do with competition and displays of athletism and excellence. These include disk throwing, such as our modern frisbee, fencing and a type of game that resembles our modern day volleyball. The crowds enjoyed the fierce nature of competition. This connects to modern sporting events, because we still strongly enojoy watching competitive sports. and we cheer for our favorite athletes.

Chariot races were incredibly popular, even almost to the point where they rivaled the fierce gladiatorial fights. Hundreds of people attended them, and the Romans even built a gigantic stadium for them, called the Circus Maximus. Chariot racing connects to modern life because it is like our version of Nascar, still a widely popular sport in all of America.

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