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Gladiator, entering the arena.

Gladiator Graveyard, Ephesus, Turkey The Gladiator Graveyard site is located in Ephesus, Turkey and containes the mixed remains of about 67 individuals, all of whom where under the age of 30. The gladiators who fought here were the professional athletes of ancient Roman times and they would battle each other, wild animals, or even condemned criminals for the amusement of the masses.

Funerary relief for a gladiator named Seilonis. Museum of Ephesus, Turkey.

entrance to terrace houses in Ephesus

Ruins of Ephesus, Turkey..... It was one of the largest cities in the Mediterranean world. Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation.The Gospel of John may have been written here.The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils, (see Council of Ephesus). It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard.

Gladiator tombstone The gravestone of Roman gladiator Diodorus, who was buried 1,800 years ago in Turkey.

bronze figurine of gladiator: greaves, small shield, helmet with horns and crest; Roman, first-second century CE London, British Museum. arena, sport, combat

A little ivory head of gladiator from Pompeii - Naples, Archaeological Museum

The usual way losing gladiators left the arena. Not only was this an efficient way to clear the arena for the next match, it also made sure you were sincerely dead (if you weren't already).

Charlemagne's Sword | The Louvre

The main training schools for gladiators were in Capua, south of Rome. Some gladiators were volunteers (mostly freedmen or very low classes of freeborn men) who chose to take on the status of a slave for the monetary rewards or the fame and excitement. Anyone who became a gladiator was automatically infamis, beneath the law and by definition not a respectable citizen. A small number of upper-class men competed in the arena but they constituted a special, esoteric form of entertainment

Gladiators – Death and Triumph at the Colosseum exhibition, Museum und Park Kalkriese