Ancient Roman Theatre

Ancient Roman Amphitheatres

A lot shows for the public happened in places known as Roman Amphitheatres. This was in the form of an arena. The word arena itself comes from the Latin language. It meant sand. Sand was something in the arena that was placed on the floor of the amphitheaters.

Ancient Roman Amphitheatres

This was used to soak the blood. Amphitheatre was the common place where the matches used to be fought. This was the place where even funeral rites were performed. It was quite a place for multipurpose use.

Ancient Roman Amphitheatres


The gladiator came from a lot of things of life. Initially, there used to be gladiator schools. After some time, these schools came under the government control and they were protected from any form of private acquiring. Most of the gladiators were considered either criminal or slaves or prisoners of war or some volunteers who have been forcibly hired for free.

The gladiators were categorized under the following four heads:

1. Murmillo

These were the gladiator who fought with hamlets, a sword, and a shield. They were the well protected and properly ready gladiators.

2. Retiarius

They were comparatively lightly dressed gladiators. These people were armed with a net and a dagger. The very heavy weapons and protections were not used by them.

3. Samnite

These people used a sword, hamlets and a visor.

4. Thracian

They were popularly known and identified because of their round shaped shield.

Usually, the very wild animals’ matches were scheduled for the morning, the afternoon was booked for public executions and the evening and nights were kept for gladiator matches.

Ancient Roman Amphitheatres

What is an amphitheater

The term amphitheater is something that is very Roman and they are not at all Greek. The very first and quite fierce gladiators were held in open spaces and in circuses. The design of these amphitheaters was spherical or elliptical. The seating arrangement was in the slope view for a better view for everyone. The seating arrangement was in the staircase format.

It was not only the big towns that had amphitheaters. Even the small towns had amphitheaters that were comparatively smaller in size. In the small towns, these were used majorly as a form of entertainment. Amphitheatre no manner how small they were, the required quite a lot of space and thus most of them were constructed on the outskirts of the city.

There were also some military amphitheaters. These were generally built near the forts and fortresses.

famous Roman amphitheater

  • Leptis Magna Arena
  • Amphitheatre Nimes
  • Uthina Amphitheater
  • Pula Arena
  • Roman Arena in Arles
  • Pompeii Spectacular
  • Pozzuoli Amphitheater
  • Verona Arena