Playing gladiators – Ancient Rome project

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Gladiators fighting on a Roman mosaic floor

Gladiators mosaic

First read the account of a day at the games on the page about Roman gladiators. Then, how about putting together a play showing the events of the day? Here’s a list of possible characters:

Wealthy sponsor

The slave gladiators

Wild animals

Criminals to be executed (some of them Christian?)

Roman guards



Don’t forget what you learned: in the morning, it’s gladiators fighting animals. Then at lunchtime the condemned criminals are executed. After lunch it’s gladiators fighting other men.

More about gladiators

Other Rome activities:

A day in ancient Rome

Bibliography and further reading about gladiators:

A day in ancient Rome home

By |2017-06-11T15:35:57+00:00June 11th, 2017|Games, Romans|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Playing gladiators – Ancient Rome project. Study Guides, June 11, 2017. Web. January 18, 2019.

About the Author:

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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