Mystery Explored: The Secret Life of Gladiators
Expedition Dates: February 7 - 26 & March 22 - 23, 2008


The Roman Gladiator participated in history’s most deadly sport, but does the Hollywood portrayal of Gladiators bear any resemblance to the truth?  Were they slaves or celebrities? What was their training and everyday home life like? I traveled the former Roman Empire from Italy to Turkey to Tunisia to find out. I attended a modern gladiator school in Rome to learn how they fought, visited their amphitheaters to see where they fought, and analyzed their bones to understand what they ate and how they were both reviled and revered.

Sponsoring Institution: Discovery Channel

Experts involved:
Mr. Alex Mariotti
Mr. Darius Arya
Dr. Barry Strauss
Dr. Sabine Ladst├Ątter
Dr. Fabian Katz
Dr. David Bomgardner
Locations Visited:
Naples, Italy
Rome, Italy
Ludus Magnus, Rome, Italy
Mt. Vesuvius, Italy
Pompeii, Italy
El Djem, Tunisia
Oudnha, Tunisia
Carthage, Tunisia
Ephesus, Turkey
Vienna, Austria



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