Top 10 Gladiators of Ancient Rome

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 lives and their legal and social standing by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death.

The Top Ten

1 Spartacus Spartacus was a Thracian gladiator who, along with the Gauls Crixus, Oenomaus, Castus and Gannicus, was one of the escaped slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.

Spartacus was smart enough to realize that he should put his free, practiced, Roman taught fighting skills to good use and show them just what he could do with them. Then he tried to show other people that the Romans consigned to slavery that they could be free. He was a freedom fighter, of sorts...and a pretty clever one at that.

2 Commodus
3 Flamma
4 Crixus
5 Carpophorus
6 Marcus Attilius
7 Spiculus
8 Priscus
9 Verus
10 Tetraites

The Contenders

11 Hermes
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