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    Gladiator Graveyard in Ephesus. Here is where contestants were buried, right outside the arena. Fabian Kanz of Austrian Arch Inst. & Karl Grosschmidt from Medical Univ of Vienna, analyzed injuries of 67 gladiators. All were buried in A.D. 2 in Ephesus, Turkey, (part of Roman Empire).Using microscope analysis & CT scans, they saw how the gladiators were wounded.Wounds that occur at or near death show lack of healing and fractures from fresh bone breaks.All but 1 had only 1 wound causing death

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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.

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Scissor This rather odd-looking weapon was used in the arenas by the gladiators of the ancient Roman Empire. Interestingly enough, the gladiators who wielded the scissor in combat were also known as scissors. The metal casing at the bottom formed a long tube that covered the gladiator’s arm, allowing the weapon to easily block and parry, as well as counterattack. Made from hardened steel, the scissor measured up to one and a half feet long.

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