What is Your Goal?
Tomorrow, you and your partner will teach everyone about the gladitorial pairing you choose today. Think back to our re-enactment of the Olympic Games, and you will have an idea what you need to do. Still, here are some guidelines that will help you create your 3-4 minute presentation/skit.
- What is the source/inspiration for these particular gladiators? Do they reflect Roman myth or history?
- What purpose did these particular gladiators serve?
- What weapons/armor did they use? Why?
What Supplies Will You Need?
- You may bring items from home for this presentation. Props only; no real weapons, please.
- From my personal collection, I can offer you a bloodied sword (thanks, Art students), a horse, a centurion helmet, a blanket or two, and, inexplicably, a trident.
Here are our pairings. Once you and your partner have chosen your pairing, please tell Ms. Geurten. First come, first serve.
- origins of the games (for the non-violent among you)
- Noxii vs. Noxii
- Provocatores vs. Provocatores
- Murmillo vs. Thraex/Thracian
- Secutor vs. Retiarius
- Samnite vs. Rudiarii
- Bestiarius vs. Beasts
- Andabatae vs. Andabatae
- Cestus vs. Cestus
- Essedarius vs. Essedarius
- Hoplomachi vs. Hoplomachi (singular: Hoplomachus)
Here are some resources that you should consult. While you may consult other sources, make sure you assess their validity. Avoid, for example, sites like BobsAwesomeSiteAboutGladiatorsAndOtherCoolThings.com.
- Wikipedia provides a very short introduction to many of the types listed above. This will help you get started.
- This site from the University of Chicago provides detail about several gladiatorial types
- Here are several books about Gladiators.
- Here are some clips from Learn360 that might be useful.