This activity contains an authentic primary source from the Confessions of Augustine (6.8) in which he describes his friend who very much disliked the gladiatorial games, until he actually attends one. The activity contains a section in which the students use context clues to define challenging words and a set of critical thinking discussion questions upon conclusion of the reading. This activity takes anywhere between 30-50 minutes depending on how long discussions or think-pair-shares take place. When the kids wonder why people would go watch human beings fight to the death, this answers their question. Seventh grade students have a strong interest level in the gladiator fights of ancient Rome and this provides a nice form of enrichment. This was created by Mr. Todd Ashbaugh in Pittsburgh PA.