Episode 35 – Gladiators!

The Doctors return with an examination of historical gladiators in ancient Rome.

In this episode, Drs. R. and G. consider the history of gladiatorial combat, the transformation of gladiator fighting from private to public, as well as the way in which gladiators became connected with the principate.

The gladiators hold a complicated position as both a vehicle for symbolism and social outsiders, both of which we explore in this episode.

Let us take your ears on a journey into the arena!

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A retiarius attacks his downed opponent, a secutor, with a dagger in this scene from a mosaic from the Villa Borghese. c. 320 CE. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Drs R and G laugh and spar their way through the ancient Roman world!

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