According to the ancient Roman history, their gladiators were the most talented and brave warriors which can be thought to be the equivalent to our modern boxing fighters.
Their battles had congregated thousands of viewers that decides the most prominent fighter of that time.
Unfortunately, these fighters were treated as slaves as per the roman tradition. Some luckiest gladiators who became successful warriors, enjoyed the glory with thousands of followers, and expensive gifts as well.
They could even worth to get their freedom for a sufficient number of victories.
Here, I am representing a rundown of top 10 ancient roman gladiators who enjoyed all this fame and popularity and became the famous heroes among the people.
Spartacus is the most respectable gladiator in the ancient Roman society. Spartacus was a Thracian soldier who was captured and sold into the slavery.
It was the Lentulus Batiatus of Capua who appreciated his skills and gave him a special training to turn him into a professional gladiator.
As the fierce freedom of a warrior is not easy with the tame spirit of rebellions.
In 73 BC, Including Crixus and more than seventy other fellow warriors, Spartacus was succeeded to convince them to initiate an aggressive rebel against Batiatus.
In the revolt, Batiatus was killed and his gladiators fled the slopes of Mount Vesuvius and nearby areas.
During this pilgrimage, the group was gathering freemen and many other slaves, so he came to settle a large and powerful army.
The winters of 72 BC was excellently utilized by the the roman warriors where they spent most of the time to train recently freed slaves. Collectively, this group arises with the 70000 trained warriors that leads to the Third Servile War.
In order to kill Spartacus, a large group of soldiers were sent. But they couldn’t get any victory as the gladiators now had become deadliest with their combined skills and experience of both – a gladiator and warrior.
Then, Marcus Licinius Crassus gathered a massive amount of 50,000 well – trained Roman soldiers to kill and defeat Spartacus.
Crassus corralled Spartacus in southern Italy, where he defeated the Spartacus forces and killed the him (the body of Spartacus, however, was never found). Unluckily, 6000 gladiators were captured and crucified along the Appian Way – the way of Capua to Rome.
2 Marcus Attilius
Marcus Attilius – a roman citizen by birth who want to join the school of gladiators for the sake of settling his several debts he had acquired during his life.
Luckily, he won his first battle against a lethal fighter. The defeated gladiator was Hilario who belongs to the emperor Nero. Though Hilario was famous for the all time winner in thirteen consecutive battles.
In another bout (a wrestling event), Marcus Atilius was presented against Raecius Felix Who got victory in 12 battles. His stunts and exploits were mentioned in many mosaics and drawings those were discovered in 2007.
Tetraites had been suddenly discovered through inscriptions found in Pompeii in 1817, it was drawings that illustrates their courageous victory over prudes.
His was fight against opponent like a fish. His unique combat-style was quite famous that includes with a short sword, a huge rectangular shield, arm protectors and shin guards case.
The degree of his fame in the past had been finally fallen until the end of the twentieth century, when France and England found the victory of Tetraites .
Spiculus was another famous Gladiator from the first century AD, and (supposedly) had a special relationship of proximity to the evil emperor Nero.
After numerous victories of Spiculus, Nero had been granted him palaces, slaves and other luxury things beyond imagination.
During the year 68 AD Nero had been removed from office and urged his advisors to find Spiculus because he wanted to die by the sword of the famous gladiator.
But as Spiculus couldn’t be found out, therefore, Nero was forced to commit suicide.
5 Verus and Priscus
Though these two fighters were little known in ancient Roman society. But, their last battle is one of the best documented fight of Rome.
In the first century AD, The battle between Verus and Priscus was the first gladiatorial combat in the famous Amphitheatrum Flavium (current Roman Coliseum).
After a vigorous struggle that lasted for hours, the two gladiators surrendered each other, at the same time lowering their swords as a sign of mutual respect.
The ecstatic crowd shouted as a sign of approval and the emperor Titus was left with no choice but to reward both with the rudis, a small wooden sword that was given to gladiators upon their retirement.
Then, Vero and Prisco left the arena as new men.
Crixus was a gladiator from Gaul, Spartacus himself right arm. Their success was remarkable in the sand, but had a deep resentment for his Lanista – the leader of the gladiator school, coach and “owner” of them.
So after fleeing to free, Crixus fought in a rebellion of slaves, working in defeat (with relative ease) of some armies sent by the Roman Senate.
However, after a discussion with the leader of the rebellion, Crixus and his men eventually separated from the main group and headed towards southern Italy.
This maneuver diverted attention from the military on the main group, giving them time to escape. Unfortunately, the Roman legions reached Crixus before he could take revenge on those who had oppressed for so long.
In roman culture, there might are many gladiators supposed to be notorious for their melee. While Carpophorus was a well renowned bestiarii. Such type of gladiators fought exclusively against beast and wild animals who can take your life within a moment of minute.
These gladiators usually had short careers and they used to struggle for their lives in the combat arena.
Struggling in the early Amphitheatrum Flavium, Carpophorus became famous for defeating a bear, a lion and a leopard in the same battle.
Same, day, he faced another battle, and killed a rhino with a spear.
In total, there are twenty wild animals that were killed on the same day of combat. As a result, his followers and colleagues came to compare Carpophorus with the mythological Hercules.
Famously played by Joaquin Phoenix in the film Gladiator, Commodus was an emperor obsessed with fighting in the arena.
As all narcissistic self – centered, Commodus saw himself as the most important man and greatest in the world. He compared himself with Hercules, and went so far with this conviction to the point of wearing the leopard skin as the famous roman mythological hero did .
But in the sand, Commodus used to fight with gladiators who were armed with wooden swords, and generally, he also beat down wild animals, that are wounded or tethered.
As expected, the most Romans never supported Commodus. His false skill in the sand was seen as a lack of respect, and predictable victories were seen as boring shows.
In some cases, he captured Roman citizens with a disability and gave them death in the fighting arena.
As proof of his ego trip, Commodus demanded and charged million sesterces for each show that was presented. Although it is believed that he was never invited in amphitheatre for fight competitions.
Commodus was assassinated in 192 AD, and it is supposed that his actions as “Gladiator” encouraged his inner circle to commit treason.
Flamma, a slave of Syrian origin, died at the age of thirty, having fought thirty-four times and won twenty matches.
Nine bouts ended in a draw, being defeated only four times. Being the most aggressive fighter, Flamma was given the rudis four times.
When a rudis was given a gladiator, he was freed from his bonds, and usually he could live as a Roman citizen. But Flamma refused freedom and chose to continue fighting in the arena.