scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 3,297
The Rise of Gladiatorial CombatGladiatorial contests munera gladitoria hold a central place in our perceptionof Roman behavior They were also a big influence on how Romans themselvesordered their lives Attending the games was one of the practices that wentwith being a Roman The Etruscans who introduced this type of contest inthe sixth century BC are credited with its development but its the Romanswho made it famous A surviving feature of the Roman games was when a gladiatorfell he was hauled out of the arena by a slave dressed as the Etruscandeath-demon Charun The slave would carry a hammer which was the demonsattribute Moreover the Latin term for a trainer-manager of gladiatorslanista was believed to be an Etruscan word 450 Gladiators of AncientRome lived their lives to the absolute fullestGladiatorial duels had originated from funeral games given in order to satisfythe dead mans need for blood and for centuries their principle occasionswere funerals The first gladiatorial combats therefore took place at thegraves of those being honored but once they became public spectacles theymoved into amphitheaters 283 As for the gladiators themselves an auraof religious sacrifice continued to hang about their combats Obviously mostspectators just enjoyed the massacre without any remorseful reflectionsEven ancient writers felt no pity they were aware that gladiators had originatedfrom these holocausts in honor of the dead What was offered to appease thedead was counted as a funeral rite It is called munus a service from beinga service due The ancients thought that by this sort of spectacle they rendereda service to the dead after they had made it a more cultured form of crueltyThe belief was that the souls of the dead are appeased with human bloodthey use to sacrifice captives or slaves of poor quality at funerals Afterwardsit seemed good to obscure their impiety by making it a pleasure 6170So after the acquired person had been trained to fight as best they cantheir training was to learn to be killed For
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA