A gladiator was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in List of Roman gladiator types · Venatio · Samnite (gladiator type) · Gladiator. In spite of the opprobrium, Roman citizens, even nobility, sometimes assumed the career of a gladiator —as did women (Amazones). Often, they were compelled. Beloved by the masses and sometimes scorned by the elites, Roman gladiators were the working class heroes of antiquity. For more than. Get HISTORY at your kurze domains. Nic Fields Osprey Publishing 21 July Price: Valentinian IIsome hundreds of years later, protested against the same infractions and repeated similar laws: In times in which peace and peace relating to domestic affairs prevail bloody demonstrations displease us. Some Rights Reserved by Ancient History Encyclopedia Limited, a non-profit organization registered in the UK.