As a gladiator, a man gained immediate status even though the gladiatorial oath forced him to act as a slave to his master and “to endure branding, chains, flogging, or death by the sword” (Petronius Satyricon, 117.5). Gladiators were required to do what their lanista (owner and trainer of gladiators) ordered and therefore were revered for their loyalty, courage and discipline.
Part of the Zliten mosaic from Libya (Leptis Magna), about 2nd century CE. It shows (left to right) a thraex fighting a murmillo, a hoplomachus standing with another murmillo (who is signaling his defeat to the referee), and one of a matched pair.
A gladiator (Latin: gladiator, “swordsman”, from gladius, “sword”) was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death.
Many times throughout my years of life’s journey I have meet many who carry this gift and at times burden from the Lord. I write and make the School of the Gladiator to all the unsung misunderstood warriors /seers of the most High God. We have many brothers and sisters that are enslaved by their masters too. They once fought for truth and justice and believed as we do. At times the taskmaster can become too overbearing and exhausting to the point of shutting down and quitting. May a sound resound around the world “The Army Is Coming Alive.
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