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Gladiators in Ancient Rome: Separating Fact from Fiction with Livia Galante

Gladiators in Ancient Rome: Separating Fact from Fiction with Livia Galante


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Join archaeologist Livia Galante to find out all you ever wanted to know about the gladiators of ancient Rome. Who were they? What weapons did they use? Where did they train? What really happened inside the Colosseum? This seminar takes us deep into their world to separate truth from legend.
In Latin, the name Gladiator literally translates as ‘swordsman’. We know them from films, cartoons, and books—gladiators are fascinating. But is the image of barbarians who just lived to fight, who did not have any personal agency in their lives and many of whom suffered quick, cruel deaths in Roman amphitheaters a true reflection of reality? Together we will explore the structure of Roman society and understand the role of Gladiators in the hierarchy of the times. We will discover the history of gladiator combat and follow these men during their rigorous training. We’ll learn about the weapons they used and how they lived day-to-day. We will discover the arenas where the “munera gladiatoria” or gladiator fights took place, the largest of all was of course the Colosseum in Rome. The basement was equipped with ingenious systems, cages, lifts, and tunnels to take men and animals into the arena and handle the logistics of the elaborate productions on the main floor.
We will also see how these figures influenced the modern Imaginarium, with movies from Spartacus, the rebel gladiator interpreted by Kirk Douglas, to The Gladiator directed by Ridley Scott.
Led by an expert on Ancient Roman Topography, Livia Galante, this interactive lecture will focus on the world of gladiators. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the lives of these athletes as well as the sites where their performances took place with particular attention to Rome’s Colosseum.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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B.M. (Victoria, CA)

Absolutely excellent seminar on the history and myths surrounding the gladiators of the ancient Roman Empire. Very well supported by the slide presentation.

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P.R. (Québec, CA)
Reality vs fantasies

A seriner carefully and richly documented that describes the real environnement of the gladiators.

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Tara Gurber (Delavan, US)
Excellent and Very Interesting Presentation

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A. (Fairfield, US)

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B.M. (Victoria, CA)

Absolutely excellent seminar on the history and myths surrounding the gladiators of the ancient Roman Empire. Very well supported by the slide presentation.

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P.R. (Québec, CA)
Reality vs fantasies

A seriner carefully and richly documented that describes the real environnement of the gladiators.

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Kris Shapar (Stuttgart, DE)

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