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    Gladiator Graveyard in Ephesus. Here is where the contestants were buried. It is right outside the arena.

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

    The Baths of Diocletian in Rome.

    Roman couch and footstool with bone carvings and glass inlays Roman 1st century CE possibly from the villa of co-emperor Lucius Verus 161-169 CE (1)

    Gladiator. When a gladiator fell in the arena, attendants would strike his forehead with a mallet to insure that he was dead.


    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).

    Roman Arenas, Arles, France ~ Some of the best preserved architecture of the Roman Empire in the world.

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

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

    The ancient Roman Gladiator School of Pompeii, Italy, used up until the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in 79CE. Photo courtesy & taken by Jon McL.


    Still-functioning roman lead pipes in Bath, England. 1st-2nd century AD

    Roman Empire, 100 BC

    Pont du Gard, France The aqueduct was constructed by the Roman Empire in the middle of the first century A.D

    Hadrian's Wall, England...constructed in 122 AD to mark the northern border of the Roman Empire in Britain, the wall stretched across the width of Great Britain just south of the present day border with Scotland.

    Latrine at Ephesus, (Turkey). They were part of the Scholastica Baths and built in the 1C AD. They were the public toilets of the city. There was an entrance fee to use them. © Carole Raddato

    Daily life in ancient Rome ...

    Secrets of the Colosseum Laborers pushed vertical winches to propel elevators that carried animal cages up to the arena. Pictured is a hole where one of the devices was anchored.

    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.