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Roman Gladiatorial Games Many people saw the roman gladiatorial games just as a public display of violence but in actuality they were more The original gladiatorial games were not to be used as a form of amusement they were originally used as a part of a funeral ritual The original intention of the gladiatorial games was to honor the deceased whenever someone of special importance died The men and sometimes women who took place in the gladiatorial games were called gladiators The word gladiator got its name from a type of Roman sword called the gladius There were different types of gladiators along with different events which went on at the gladiatorial games There were four types of gladiators each type of gladiator was dressed a certain way and had certain types of weapons that went along with the type of gladiator he was To fully understand the gladiatorial games a person must examine the origin of the games the impact the games played on Roman culture the elaborate setup of the games and the participants in the games and why they participated in the games The first gladiatorial games did not even have real gladiators In 264 BC Decimus Junius Brutus held the first gladiatorial games in honor of his deceased father The first gladiatorial games were held at the Forum Boarium which was a commercial area named after the Roman cattle market The Romans called the gladiatorial games a munus a duty from the people who were honoring a deceased relative The munus was used to keep the memory of the deceased alive in an important manner whenever he or she died The first gladiators were three pair of slaves gladiatorial games were not held in public view until the late first century The use of the gladiatorial games as a means of honoring the dead was soon viewed as public spectacles by politicians and emperors Politicians used the gladiatorial
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