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The Gladiators of ancient Rome are interesting and important in many ways This paper will touch on four subjects that have to do with the Gladiators The first subject is the history of first and earliest gladiators and how Gladiatorial fights came to be a part of Roman civilization The second area is the type of gladiator which includes the type of armor weapons and a little history of each type The third is the way the gladiator lived and participated in the Roman civilization The fourth and final is the arenas they fought in and what types of enemies they had to face The very first recorded gladiatorial fight was at a burial of Junius Brutus in 264 BC His two sons Marcus and Decimus brought back an ancient custom of having slaves fight at the funeral In which this sacrifice would please the Gods Three slaves were ordered to fig to the death as many spectators watched This led to become a large spectator event As the years rolled on more and more slave fights at the funerals of Romes great leaders appeared The number of fighters also increased as well as the number of viewers This was thought to be a family name inhancer when large fights were held at the mans funeral By the time of the Great Julius Caesar all the direct ties to funerals and or religion were gone These gladiators as they were now called fought to entertain This was the idea of Caesar to keep the Roman citizens pleased With much entertainment and suspense the people were living happily brining the hole family to watch such gruesome events This was the start of the great gladiatorial battles that Ancient Rome was so popular for Caesar knew this and took control of all such events held for the public This made him very powerful and wealthy The ancient ritual that was for the gods
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