/Chopped Head/ the brutality of a hollywoodized gladiator’s existence 4/28/2013

movieclips.(10/27/2011). Gladiator (4/8) Movie CLIP – Are You Not Entertained? (2000) HD . Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI1ylg4GKv8

It is hard for a most modern day viewers to stomach scenes of intense graphic violence, although that statement is debateble with the success of long running series of B-rated horror films in 3d.




or the sick minds behind SAW 1,2,3,4,5,6,3D….


Or the sick mind of this individual


Life of a Gladiator 4/23/2013

this scene depicts the “bestiarii, a beast fighter”

The history of the gladiatorial tradition was a harsh reality for most. In the beginning, many were forced into combat despite their will. Prisoners of war, slaves and criminals were all subject to being forced into the games. Recruits had no rights to object to their role or they could face public execution for their defiance. The path each recruit followed was heavily predetermined by their individual situation. For example, a prisoner of war, from a specific region of Rome’s empire, would train and fight in a specific gladiatorial school specific to his heritage. Their ethnic background determined which armor they would wear, the weapons they would use and the actual fight they would train for. Each gladiator school was taught by an ex-gladiator who specialized in each combat.

Gladiators did enjoy an amount of creature comforts, despite common misconception. Although all gladiators had to face death in the arena, each individual received three meals a day and the ability to bathe. In order to help the warriors perform, they were given massages and slave women. The life of a gladiator was often appealing enough for free men to sign away their rights in order to fight for fame and glory. Before competition, a last meal was provided for each gladiator. Since death was an unavoidable reality for most fighters, each individual was taught to die with dignity, honor and grace.

all above information appropriated from

Modern Day Colosseums 4/4/2013

In order of capacity, not personal preference…

Michigan Stadium aka THE BIG HOUSE 109,901 capacity

Beaver Stadium during football game vs. Temple, Sept. 20, 2008

Beaver Stadium 106,572 capacity

Sanford Stadium 92,746-seat capacity

Autzen Stadium 54,000 capacity one of the top “10 Intimidating Stadiums”


^the intensity of a gladiator mascot

Rome Colosseum: History of the Gladiatorial Games 4/1/2013

All information appropriated from http://romancolosseum.org/roman-colosseum-history/


© Pictures of Rome courtesy of Rome.info

Following the suicide-death of Emperor Nero in 68 AD, a civil war divided the landscape of ancient Rome. After a tumultuous rise and fall of three successive emperors until the institutionalization of Emperor Vespasian, this went on to become the first acknowledged ruler of the Flavian Dynasty.


^This guy^

To return peace and to distant his public image away from the highly despised Nero, Vespasian went on to construct several architectural projects this included the coliseum. After his unfortunate timing of death in 79 AD, his oldest son Titus continued to finish the construction on the Coliseum. It was officially open to the public a year later.


To celebrate the “grand opening”, Titus dedicated one hundred days of games for his father’s vision. 9,000 animals and hundreds of gladiators were participated

The gladiatorial games were an institution for 450 years, but started to fall from public favor around the 3rd century due to the rise of Christianity.