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Rome's Legacy Essay

1070 words - 5 pages

Gladiators
Rome had many great things, especially within their love of brutality. Many of the Roman people enjoyed to take a break from their hard, ancient, lives and watch some grown men battle people, lions, tigers, and bears to the death (oh my!).
Gladiators were a huge part of the Roman society and a large part of Roman culture. The people of Rome loved gladiator battles. The Roman coliseum was built in order to fit the standards of a bloody, brutal battle while also being able to keep thousands of Roman citizens comfortable and entertained.
Gladiators were usually prisoners of war brought from conquered regions, as well as Christians and criminals accused for harness crimes including: thievery, rape, and murder. Gladiators were sent to a ludus gladiatorious to be trained where abuse was common. A day there consisted of lifting weights and learning the art of death. They were trained according to physical attributes or skills. For example if one was to be a big, bulky man, one was trained as a brute. Smaller more agile ones were trained in the skills of cunning. There were also many more types of gladiators.
The most common types of gladiators were trained in 3 main categories. Samnitie, Retarius and Myrmillo. A Samnitie carried a sword and a long shield, a Retarius carried a trident and used a snare, and lastly a Myrmillo carried a dagger and a shield and was protected by leg bands and a leather belt.
During the events at the Roman Coliseum, the gladiators fought the earliest battle. Next came the hunting of animals and the death of condemned people. There were chariot races and boat battles with crocodiles. At the end of the day all of the no defeated gladiators fought again, in which the winning contestant was giving the choice to end his opponents life. The people within the coliseum also aided in making the choice between life and death, thumbs up mean kill him, and thumbs down meant save them.
If one were to survive all of the gladiator battles, the gladiator would be given his freedom and the glory to have survived the Roman Coliseum.

Legacy
Romans left behind a great legacy the would be idolized by people for generations to come. They had many things that we as Americans utilize in our current culture. Many of the main Roman influences include government, art, entertainment, and construction.
Roman government is the origin for all of our current government system. The Romans has three branches of government: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. The executive had two councils that decided on pretty much every affair within the empire. In the legislative branch was a senate, which advised the executive branch. Lastly in the judicial they had a Supreme Court. Also there was a written law consisting of twelve tablets that gave allowed the citizens to know their rights. As one can tell, the Roman system of government is much like the one currently residing in the United States of America.
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