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Definition: Warriors who were usually enslaved and forced to fight to the death in arenas all over the Empire. The most famous of these arenas was the Colosseum, in Rome. One of the most famous gladiators of all was Spartacus, who led a slave revolt that began in 73 B.C. and ended with his death two years later.

Related Resources:
Ancient Rome
Learn more about the fascinating story of Rome.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Roman Culture: Gladiators
Learn how gladiators became as much a part of Roman culture as theater and law.

Who Were the Gladiators?
They weren't all slaves, that's for sure. Find out who they were here.

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