It is nothing new that the Roman Colosseum stands out as one of the man-made wonders! But, can you believe that this wonderful monument was once a fun place to kill thousands of innocent men and women in combat? Yes, criminals, slaves, or people who lost their citizenship were victims of these funeral games. The gladiators had sworn an agreement that they would surrender themselves to any kind of torture or even death by their masters if they do not perform well in the fight.
These so-called “gladiator games” came into existence in 264 B.C in Rome. When Junius Brutus passed away, his sons matched three pairs of gladiators to honor their father’s death. What started as a way to honor the death of an aristocratic man later became a game of pride! And the Roman Colosseum provided a platform for all these funeral games. To create more interest among the spectators, cages and dens with hungry wild beasts were later added to the Colosseum.
Well, if you consider this practice as brutal, Romans viewed at it in a different way. For them, mere slaughtering of men wasn’t just enough! But, they wanted people to suffer while in combat with equally strong people and beasts before one of the competent died.
Most of the fights were held among powerful gladiators, and at times men and beasts were made to clash too. Also, there have been times when a person was unexpectedly thrown into the fighting arena. The reason could be that this unknown person might have irritated the emperor in the past or just that the emperor did not like the way he behaved in the Colosseum. Wild beasts, such as tigers, leopards, and lions were brought from various countries and hidden beneath the fighting area! The cages were then opened anytime during the fight when the spectators and the gladiators least expected it. When the gladiator gets the support of the crowd and the emperor, he/she will be set free.
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