Gladiator Games by: Emily Ernst

What Were The Gladiator Games?

Gladiator games were a cheap and fun way of people whom didn't have much money to receive entertainment. This also offered the opportunity of criminals to get out by fighting in these games. ("Gladiator Games.")
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Who Were the Gladiators?

The gladiators were a mix of very diverse people. Some of them being extremely elite fighters with extensive fighting backgrounds, where others were criminals fighting for their rights and to free themselves from jail (History.com Staff.)
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How Did They Originate?

The Etruscan's of northern Italy originally held similar games such as chariot rides and battles to sacrifice to the gods. Romans continued the practiced, and held an averaged 10 to 12 annually. ("Gladiatorial Games." Gladiatorial Games.)
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Where Were The Games Held?

Gladiatorial contests, like chariot races, were originally held in large open spaces with temporary seating. As the games became more frequent and popular, there was need for a larger and more permanent structure. the Romans eventually designed a building specifically for this type of spectacle, the colosseum in the middle of Rome. ("Gladiatorial Games". Gladiatorial Games)
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What Happened To The Winning Gladiators?

Successful gladiators could become major stars of the Roman world, and those who were slaves could sometimes be freed after winning a certain number of matches. Some surviving gladiators became trainers themselves. (History.com Staff.)
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How Were Gladiators Viewed By The Public?

Gladiators were seen as a disgrace to society, and had very little rights. Because many of these gladiators were criminals, people looked down on them and refused to think highly of them at all. (Colosseum. "Gladiators and Society.")
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How Did The Games Increase Caesar’s Fame And Power?

Julius' role was to pair each gladiator up with another as evenly as possible, and was the one to make sure all went through smoothly. It was also his job to announce when a new game would be taking place - including, date, time, and location. He became well know for sponsoring these games. ("Roman Games." Civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome)
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How Did Julius Caesar Pay For The Games?

Aside from sponsors competed with one another, spending enormous sums to provide the most lavish, spectacular games possible, he paid nothing for them to take place. All the gladiators were criminals or slaves trying to free themselves or upper class families competing for more riches and publicity. ("Gladiators." Macmillan Encyclopedia of World Slavery)
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What Was The Role The Government Played In The Shutting Down Of The Games?

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