posted on Feb, 26 2014 @ 11:46 AM
ANYTHING Roman I'm fasinated with ...albeit, twisted and corrupted as they were...their early engineering feats and ideas are still amazing to see
even today.. have to read the whole article to appreciate it..
the snippet ..
By: Dan Vergano
PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 25, 2014
Ancient Rome's gladiators lived and trained in fortress prisons, according to an international team of archaeologists who mapped a school for the
Discovered at the site of Carnuntum outside Vienna, Austria, the gladiatorial school, or ludus gladiatorius, is the first one discovered outside the
city of Rome. Now hidden beneath a pasture, the gladiator school was entirely mapped with noninvasive earth-sensing technologies. (See "Gladiator
The discovery, reported Tuesday evening by the journal Antiquity, makes clear what sort of lives these famous ancient warriors led during the second
century A.D. in the Roman Empire.
"It was a prison; they were prisoners," says University of Vienna archaeologist Wolfgang Neubauer, who led the study team. "They lived in cells, in
a fortress with only one gate out."
The discovery shows that even outside Rome gladiators were "big business," Neubauer says. At least 80 gladiators, likely more, lived in the large,
two-story facility equipped with a practice arena in its central courtyard. The site also included heated floors for winter training, baths,
infirmaries, plumbing, and a nearby graveyard.