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Mosaic from the House of the Gladiators, in Kourion even the Greeks was monomachoi (Gladiators)

Mosaic from the House of the Gladiators, in Kourion even the Greeks was monomachoi (Gladiators)

Roman Mosaic. Astyanax vs Kalendio (Gladiators). Museo Arqueológico Nacional…

Roman Mosaic. Astyanax vs Kalendio (Gladiators). Museo Arqueológico Nacional…

Fresco from Augusta Emerita: Roman city in western Spain, modern Mérida, capital…

Fresco from Augusta Emerita: Roman city in western Spain, modern Mérida, capital…

Gladiators and wild animals in the area - The Amphitheater of Lepcis Magna was…

Gladiators and wild animals in the area - The Amphitheater of Lepcis Magna was…

Mosaic of gladiatorial combat, Roman, found on the Via Appia, beginning of the…

Mosaic of gladiatorial combat, Roman, found on the Via Appia, beginning of the…

Detail of mosaic found in Smirat that documents on the organization of…

Detail of mosaic found in Smirat that documents on the organization of…

Roman Mosaic. Roman Horses. Mérida (Emerita Augusta), Spain.

Roman Mosaic. Roman Horses. Mérida (Emerita Augusta), Spain.

Roman glass painted beaker, 1st century A.D. Afghanistan, Begram, depicting gladiator. Musée Guimet, Paris

Roman glass painted beaker, 1st century A.D. Afghanistan, Begram, depicting gladiator. Musée Guimet, Paris

Gladiator "Secutor", Roman decoration (ivory), c. 3rd century CE (Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne).

Gladiator "Secutor", Roman decoration (ivory), c. 3rd century CE (Römisch-Germanisches Museum, Cologne).

The ancient Roman Gladiator School of Pompeii, Italy, used up until the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Photo courtesy & taken by Jon McL.

The ancient Roman Gladiator School of Pompeii, Italy, used up until the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Photo courtesy & taken by Jon McL.

Gladiatori, mosaico in Germania

Gladiatori, mosaico in Germania

GReliefs showing gladiators in the arena. The most successful could earn fame, if not fortune, but few would survive more than a dozen fights. (Bridgeman Art Library)

GReliefs showing gladiators in the arena. The most successful could earn fame, if not fortune, but few would survive more than a dozen fights. (Bridgeman Art Library)

Though this mosaic from Terranova in Italy (left) shows gladiators dispatching their opponents, evidence suggests that defeated fighters were often given a reprieve. (Bridgeman Art Library)

Though this mosaic from Terranova in Italy (left) shows gladiators dispatching their opponents, evidence suggests that defeated fighters were often given a reprieve. (Bridgeman Art Library)

Painting of the awning from the amphitheatre at Pompeii

Painting of the awning from the amphitheatre at Pompeii

Mosaics showing animals in the arena (above) and being transported from abroad to Rome by ship (below)

Mosaics showing animals in the arena (above) and being transported from abroad to Rome by ship (below)

Battle of gladiators against the wildcats, detail depicting a gladiator running through a wildcat, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library

Battle of gladiators against the wildcats, detail depicting a gladiator running through a wildcat, 320 AD (mosaic), Roman, (4th century AD) / Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy / Alinari / The Bridgeman Art Library