Text Gladiators: heroes of the Roman amphitheatre

TLF ID M011207

This resource is about Roman gladiators and their role in Roman society. It covers the origins of the gladiatorial system as a funerary practice to honour the dead, which gradually became entertainment. Topic headings in the resource include: Conscripts and volunteers; Rules and regulations; Fighting-styles; Barrack life; and Criticism and popularity.



Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource is useful for addressing the Australian Curriculum: History content description in year 7 relating to the significant beliefs, values and practices of the ancient Romans in regard to gladiatorial fighting. It explains the gladiatorial spectacle as one of great entertainment that allowed the sponsor of the event a means to could display power and influence.
  • This resource is useful for addressing the Australian Curriculum: History content description in year 7 relating to the role of key groups in ancient Roman society, including the influence of law and religion. It examines the role of the gladiator in Roman society. They were an expensive investment, but popular gladiators could be seen as heroic and brave, have an extensive following and be a drawcard for gladiatorial games.
  • This resource is useful for the development of historical skills. Students prepare an essay on the life of a gladiator using information from the resource.
  • The resource may also make a contribution to students attaining the history achievement standards in year 7 in relation to explaining the role of groups in society, and has some relevance to the literacy capability and the critical and creative capability.
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • History

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Contributors
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Address: UNITED KINGDOM
  • URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk
  • Publisher
  • Name: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Organization: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: UNITED KINGDOM
  • URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Text
  • Image
Rights
  • Resource: BBC © 2012, except where indicated otherwise. You may download, copy and communicate this material for free, and use it in digital and hardcopy format for non-commercial educational use in Australian schools and TAFE institutions, provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the material. 'Interactive' image: © Education Services Australia Limited 2012. You may copy, communicate and adapt this image for non-commercial educational purposes provided you retain all acknowledgements associated with the image.