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Gladiators were professional fighters in Ancient Rome who engaged in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Sometimes volunteers, Gladiators were mostly slaves schooled under harsh conditions, social marginalization, and segregation even in death. Despite this, they were seen as an example of Rome's martial ethics and, in fighting or dying well, they inspired admiration and fame.
Interestingly, it is said that that gladiatorial events may be derived from the Punic Wars of the 3rd Century- in funeral rites. Gladiators became an essential feature of politics and social life throughout Ancient Rome.
Gladiatorial events continued even after Christianity became the official religion in the 4th century where they were sponsored by Christian Emperors for entertainment, until at least the late 5th century, when the last known gladiatorial games took place.

Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG002 - Secutores & Scissor (4)
Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG002 - Secutores & Scissor (4)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG003 - Retiarii & Laqueaius (4)
Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG003 - Retiarii & Laqueaius (4)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG004 - Thraeces & Hoplomachii (4)
Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG004 - Thraeces & Hoplomachii (4)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG005 - Equites (2 foot, 2 mounted)
Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG005 - Equites (2 foot, 2 mounted)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG006 - Provocatores & Dimachaeri (4)
Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG006 - Provocatores & Dimachaeri (4)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG007 - Arena offcials (4)
Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG007 - Arena offcials (4)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG009 - Sagittarius & Velites
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG012 - Gladiator Characters
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG008 - Casualties (4)
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG010 - Spectators
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Crusader Ancient Gladiators ANG011 - Condemned Men
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