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Colosseum- Top 5 Myths

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Shelly Crimm

on 30 March 2016

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Colosseum- Top 5 Myths
The Colosseum only held Gladiator Duels
a day in the Colosseum:
- Presentation of the "stars" of the day
- fights between Animal
- circus performances
-hunting games
- during lunch, death sentences/public executions of criminals put on display (had 2 purposes:warn the people of what happened when they broke the strict roman laws, and to keep the crowd engaged)
-the afternoon held the long awaited Gladiator fights

Lions and tigers were the main animals used for hunting games in the colosseum
even though tigers and lions are all you see in movies, ancient romans killed the collection of animals they kept in captivity
-rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and giraffes from
South Egypt
-Hyenas, elephants, antelopes, ostriches, cheetahs and panthers from North Africa
-bears, mostly from the Atlas Mountains in Morocco
-Donkeys. camels, horses, rabbits, deer, boars and wolves from Italy and other European Countries
Thumbs Down" signal
what we saw The Emperor do in Gladiator, was hollywood
emperors would put their thumb sideways to symbolize a sword cutting the throat of a defeated Gladiator
while doing that, they would shout "Luga! Luga!" (which means Throat! THroat!)
Christians were routinely killed in the colosseum
christians were killed in the colosseum, but not for their religion like most people think
christians thought the blood sports were unpleasant. they did not feel compassion for the gladiators killing each other
they thought the public suffered the most moral and spiritual damage from watching the violent games
but they did start to feel compassion for those fighting in the arena
All Gladiator Matches ended with the death of a gladiator
it was actually uncommon to leave dead
if you did die, it was because of deep wounds or lack of bravery
the emperor not ordering to kill Gladiators, engaged the death seeking crowd.
in late imperial times, forgiveness became very common
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