It's Gladiator Day. Get your fill of how entertainment like chariot races and gladiator battles distracted the citizens of Rome from their everyday problems. We completed a worksheet and wrote a journal on the back. We watched a great documentary about Verus and Priscus, two real gladiators that fought on the opening day of the Colosseum and were immortalized in a poem by the famed Martial (Roman Poet). Check it all out below.
Cum traheret Priscus, traheret certamina Verus, esset et aequalis Mars utriusque diu, missio saepe uiris magno clamore petita est; sed Caesar legi paruit ipse suae; -lex erat, ad digitum posita concurrere parma: - quod licuit, lances donaque saepe dedit. Inuentus tamen est finis discriminis aequi: pugnauere pares, subcubuere pares. Misit utrique rudes et palmas Caesar utrique: hoc pretium uirtus ingeniosa tulit. Contigit hoc nullo nisi te sub principe, Caesar: cum duo pugnarent, uictor uterque fuit.
While Priscus drew out, and Verus drew out the contest, and the prowess of both stood long in balance, oft was discharge for the men claimed with mighty shouts; but Caesar himself obeyed his own law: that law was, when the prize was set up, to fight until the finger was raised; what was lawful he did, oft giving dishes and gifts therein. Yet was an end found of that balanced strife: they fought well matched, and…. (what do you think happened at the end?)
Marcus Valerius Martialis (aka Martial)
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