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History: Roman Ampi
|What is an ampitheatre?
|An open circular or oval building with a central space surrounded by tiered seating.
|Who usually fought in an amphitheater?
|Gladiators (slaves, usually captured soldiers)
|The most popular form of entertainment was gladiator fights. True or false?
|Where were amphitheater’s located?
|In almost every major Roman city
|What was the most famous amphitheater?
|The Colosseum in Rome
|How many people could the Colosseum hold?
|Over 50,000 spectators in tiered seating
|What other feature did the Colosseum have?
|A canopy, to protect people from the sun
|How was the seating arranged?
|It was strictly arranged by social status and gender. Patrician men-> Plebeian men-> Foreign men-> Patrician and plebeian women and slaves at the very back.
|Who were gladiators?
|Gladiators were usually former soldiers captured in battle and sold as slaves.
|How did gladiators dress?
|In very different styles
|How did they train?
|They trained in special schools
|How were they treated by ordinary romans?
|Like modern day sports stars
|How were they different to each other?
|Each gladiator would be best at using one set of weapons
|A gladiator who would use a trident and net
|A gladiator who used a soldiers shield and sword
|How often would they fight to the death? What was the reason?
|They rarely fought to the death because they were expensive to buy, train and feed that their owners wanted a longer return on their investment. So they just fought till one was too badly injured to continue.
|Apart from gladiator fights, what else was held in amphitheaters?
|-Fights between people and exotic wild animals -Executions of criminals -Myths and legends acted out for the crowd -Mock sea battles