Got so popular at one point that they actually had to pass a law to prevent free WOMEN from pledging themselves as female gladiators.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. See, slaves could be either cheap or expensive. Highly trained, crowd-pleasing, slaves were high-investment, expensive, products that you didn't just go killing willy-nilly. Sure, if you had unskilled slaves grinding out grain they're less valuable than others, but still even a "horse" costs money. I suppose if you had captured a crapload of prisoners in the last war or you have some political dissidents bucking the social order of the empire (aka "Christians"), feed 'em to the lions. But not real Gladiators. Uh-uh. Too much investment. Heck, ims, most gladiatorial contests weren't "to the death" - those were reserved for "the main event" and even then the sponsor could thumbs-down.Quote:
The attrition rate was extremely high.
I suspect you are right about this. But still should be some good info, learning, and a lot of fun. (The "fun" part is what separates this from a historic ludus.)Quote:
What you will see in the research is no worse than a MMA training camp.
Peace favor your sword,