Thursday Sep 08, 2022

Gladiators and the History of Human Combat

Did gladiators always battle to the death? Who was the most famous gladiator of all time, and why did he never step foot in the Colosseum? Were any gladiators women? What would a day at the Colosseum look and sound like? (Spoiler alert: music accompanied the fights.) Were all gladiators slaves, or could free citizens compete in the arena? 

Join Shane and Duncan as they explore the history and legacy of human combat in this week’s hacking and slashing, rough-and-tumble episode of MFFI.


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In this episode:  

  • How Combat Became Entertainment
  • Cultural Universals: Wrestling, Boxing, etc
  • The Etruscans and Campanians
  • Ludus/Ludi
  • The Gladius (Sword)
  • Funeral Ceremonies (Munus/Munera)
  • Female Fighters
  • Brutus Pera and Decimus Junius Brutus Scaeva
  • Caesar's Munus
  • Venatio (Beast Shows/Animal Hunts)
  • Augustus Regulates the Munera
  • Trajan's Games
  • Marcus Aurelius
  • Commodus
  • Russel Crowe's Maximus
  • Myth Busting
  • Lucius Cassius Dio
  • The Colosseum
  • Gladiator Pairs
  • Gladiator Types: Retiaruus, Murmillo, Andabata, Thraex
  • Mimus (Horn-Blowing Chickens and Flute-Playing Bears)
  • Spartacus and the Third Servile War
  • Honorius and the End of the Games


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