This is a 24 slide, highly animated, power point presentation on Ancient Civilizations - The Roman Gladiators. Each of the slides are editable so you can change it to fit your individual needs.
Beloved by the masses and sometimes scorned by the elites, Roman gladiators were the working class heroes of antiquity. For more than 650 years, people flocked to arenas across the empire to watch these armed and highly trained warriors engage in a blood-soaked spectacle equal parts sport, theater and cold-blooded murder.
The spectacle of gladiatorial combat was initiated by wealthy Romans over 250 years before the birth of Christ as a part of the ceremonies held to honor their deceased relatives. When distinguished aristocrats died, their families would hold graveside bouts between slaves or condemned prisoners as a kind of macabre eulogy for the virtues the person had demonstrated in life. Since the Romans believed that human blood helped purify the deceased person’s soul, these contests may have also acted as a crude substitute for human sacrifice.
The funeral games later increased in scope during the reign of Julius Caesar, who staged bouts between hundreds of gladiators in honor of his deceased father and daughter. The spectacles proved hugely popular, and by the end of the 1st century BC, government officials began hosting state-funded games in order to enhance their prestige. The primary purpose of these life-or-death duels was to entertain the multitude of spectators that jammed the arena.
The presentation covers the following:
Who Were They
Training & Classes
Types & Weapons
Typical Day: AM
Typical Day: Noon
Typical Day: Afternoon
Fight to Death?
End of Presentation
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