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Gladiator came from the Latin word gladius which meant sword The majority of the gladiators were primarily slaves condemned criminals prisoners of war and sometimes Christians But some freemen also just chose this path mostly in spite of the results of the sport This would include the gladiators profit from his wins supreme popularity or fame or the applause from the crowd that was appealing to him At the developing stages of these event of the Roman Blood-sport woman and dwarfs were allowed into these games when the emperor Domitian in 90 AD presented these types of combats This was banned later The gladiating games were given the name Roman Blood-Sport because of the outcomes of the fights meaning the battle ended in death The first games were held in Rome in 264 BC at the funeral honoring Marcus and Decimus Brutus father where only three pairs of gladiators fought This is how the gladiating era of sports began or started during funerals but later in time it would grow extremely popular like in 174 BC when 37 pairs participated at a 3-day event Shows such as this were useful in politics Politicians or candidates running for public or political office would often hold these expositions to compete with one another by trying to put on the greatest and grandest show An example would be the villain Commodus like in the movie Gladiator He tried to gain power from the people by providing them with entertainment of the sporting games But one of the biggest largest of the year gladiating events ever was rumored to have been held by the Emperor Trajan in 107 AD which continued for over 100 days and over 2000 mens lives possibly 5000 pairs of gladiators were at the expense In these cases if the emperor had gone too far with the events he was holding such as using woman in unfair situations or too many gladiators in
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