- For the category list, see Gladiators. For the category list of gladiator "classes", see Gladiator Types.
Gladiators were taught the combative skills required at training enterprises called ludi, which were headed by a Lanista. Each gladiator was instructed by a Doctore, whom overseen their training. A gladiator that excels in combat and is continuously victorious in the arena, will rise to become champion of his respective ludus. Gladiators, like most slaves, were branded with a mark, symbolizing what house they belonged to and to whom. This also lead to the development of bonds amongst the gladiators; as they came to see each other as brothers-in-arms.
The social structure of a gladiator is separated into five different ranks as follows: False Gladiator, Gladiator, Veteran Gladiator, Champion, Doctore.
Types of GladiatorsEdit
- In Shadow Games, Spartacus fights in the style of Thraex, which represented the Thracian enemies of Rome. Historically however, if Spartacus was indeed a Thracian, Batiatus would have made sure he hadn't fought as a Thraex. This would have been done to avoid stirring up national pride. Similarly, a Greek or Phoenician Gladiator (such as Barca in the series) would have been forbidden from fighting as a Hoplomachus in the Arena.