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What Did The Gladiators Do For Rome?

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We all know about gladiators to a greater or lesser degree. Who they were, what they did, and why they did it. However, it occurred to me that we tend to see gladiatorial combat as a phenomenon isolated from Roman history despite the strong inclusion of arena combat in Roman society. I therefore open the floor to our esteemed members and ask - What did gladiators do for Rome? What was the impact of arena combat on Roman society? Was it merely a manifestation of Roman brutaility an d religion, or did it become a feature of Roman sociology that shaped their history in any way? Citizens - Your thoughts?

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...when in 2000 years someone asks what did soccer players do for England, what will they say? Entertain? Killing time over the weekend? When you look on the old grafitti, those gladiators were on the mind of the public alot, just like the sportsmen of today...

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