Gladiators in Britain

‎The Ancients

When you think of Gladiators you tend to think of Roman Amphitheatres, Hollywood films, and probably not Colchester in the UK. But thanks to the discovery of the Colchester Vase, evidence suggests that Gladiators might have fought in an arena in Roman Colchester. From animal hunts, to violent fights to the death – this artefact paints a vivid picture of what Roman life might have been like. But how accurate is this vase, and what does it’s detailed imagery really tell us about Gladiators in Roman Britain?

In this episode, Tristan welcomes Colchester Museum Curator Glynn Davis to the Podcast, to talk about what life might have been like for a Gladiator in Roman Britain. Using artefacts displayed in the museum, Glynn takes us on a journey through the different types of combat, animals fought, and helps debunk some popular Gladiatorial myths.

You can watch Tristan and Glynn’s chat here.

Learn more about Decoding the Roman Dead here.

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