Glory of Rome
The fights to the death of the galdiators aroused the enthusiasm of the public, who could decide the fate of the loser (with thumbs, handkerchiefs or exclamations). The spectators felt protagonists of a bloody spectacle created for their only enjoyment. The gladiators used to be slaves, condemned to death or ruined freemen. The most laureate achieved glory and a comfortable life.
They were distinguished by the weapons they carried, and fought alone, in pairs, in groups, or against beasts. They had to honour the imperial power, to which they dedicated the famous phrase “Ave, Cesar, Morituri te Salutant“, that is, “Ave, Caesar, those who are going to die salute you”.
The best gladiators trained in the famous Ludus Magnus, built in the time of Domitian next to the Flavian Amphitheatre or, as it is better known, the Colosseum. The name by which it is known today comes from a large statue that had been erected shortly before in the area: the Colossus of Nero, which was part of the Domus Aurea.
MOUNT BADON (500 AD)
Epic and heroic victory, the last of importance, of the Romans in Britannia. «The Last of the Romans»: Ambrosius Aurelianus (most probably the inspirer of the Arthurian legend, Camelot and the dream of British unity), momentarily slows the Anglo-Saxon advance to the west, in the still Roman-Briton Domnonea (present Devon and regions adjoining). This victory is a mirage, since barbarian waves continue to land in the southeast of the island and its pressure on the last redoubts of resistance becomes unstoppable. All indications point to the battle of Mons Badonicus was fought in the current Badbury Rings, on the banks of the Stour, in Dorset.