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Roman gladiators – ancient Roman games – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T16:17:37+00:00September 1st, 2017|Games, Romans|

Roman gladiators mosaic, from the Borghese estate near Rome (200s AD) Romans liked watching other people die. They thought that was fun, like maybe you think going to horror movies or watching Cops on TV is fun. They also believed that their gods liked gladiatorial fights, so that going to the fights was a sort [...]

What is a vomitorium? Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:27:05+00:00August 31st, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Vomitorium in the Colosseum in Rome(The roof has fallen in.) You might think a vomitorium must have something to do with barfing, and those stories about Romans eating too much and then making themselves barf so they could eat more. But a vomitorium is really much more boring than that. A vomitorium is called that [...]

Roman Colosseum – ancient Rome – Roman architecture

By |2018-04-24T23:27:30+00:00August 26th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

Roman Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built about 70 AD Vespasian built the Roman Colosseum so people would like him When Vespasian became the new Roman Emperor in 69 AD, he wanted everyone to know that he cared about the people and was going to take care of them and not [...]

Roman amphitheaters – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-24T23:27:05+00:00August 25th, 2017|Architecture, Romans|

The Colosseum - the Flavian Amphitheater - in Rome, Italy. Built in the 70s AD by the emperor Vespasian Most people have heard of the Colosseum in Rome, but there were many other amphitheaters all over the Roman Empire. The first gladiatorial fights, in Etruscan times, were held anywhere that there was a flat place near a hill, so [...]

Wrestling, Martial Arts, and Olympics – History of Sports

By |2018-04-20T08:29:29+00:00June 23rd, 2017|Games|

Sports history: The Discus-Thrower (ca. 450 BC) The earliest sports Indo-European people like Central Asians and the Greeks had a very strong tradition of athletic competition. Competing in, and winning, athletic competitions was for them a kind of religious ritual, as well as being good training for soldiers. Central Asian people had a [...]

Playing gladiators – Ancient Rome project

By |2017-06-11T15:35:57+00:00June 11th, 2017|Games, Romans|

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 [...]