Spotlight Lecture

A Day in the Life of Roman Gladiators

With Dr. Eireann Marshall

Romans saw themselves as a militaristic society and, as a result, placed great emphasis on the virtue of manliness or virtus. This lies at the heart of the popularity of gladiators who so clearly captured the imaginations of Romans that Juvenal offers the stereotype of women abandoning their lives to run off with them. They were also so clearly a topic of discussion that Pompeiian graffiti abounds with scratched images of gladiators. The plethora of movies and television programmes on gladiators produced today provides evidence for their enduring popularity. That said, the origins of gladiatorial games, how they were run and their role in uniting Roman cities and the empire is hotly contested. The famous thumbs down gesture, how often gladiators died and the status of gladiators is something we can’t ever be sure of. This lecture addresses these questions and looks at why Romans were so fascinated by gladiators.

Spotlight Lecture

Lasting 60 minutes plus a live Q&A session, our spotlight lecture offer a focussed study of aspects found in art, history and literature while combining our exclusive filming, advanced visual aids and the enthusiastic expertise of our lecturers.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 3 November 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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