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School for Gladiators Discovered in Vienna

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tags  GladiatorsCarnuntumLudusCommodus Aurellius

School for Gladiators Discovered in Vienna
Cathyrn Cobbe
 
A massive school for gladiators has been found in Vienna, Austria. The school - or ludus - is thought to have been built at the same time as the nearby amphitheater, near the River Danube settlement of Carnuntum. Commodus Aurellius – his name made widely known by the modern movie Gladiator – is thought to have seen his first gladiator matches in the amphitheater in Carnuntum.
 
Archaeologists determined the huge structure to be a school after finding such features as a wooden training dummy and a mini-amphitheater, where it is thought that the gladiators may have practiced their moves; or, where buyers may have watched their performance. Next to the training complex stood a paddock or walled compound where archaeologists posit that wild animals may have been kept for combat or that horses may have been trained. It has been noted that this is a feature that has never appeared at any previously-discovered ludus.
 
This wide, sprawling complex – described to be the size of “two Wal-Marts” - may not change popular or archaeologists’ perception of Roman gladiators. But this complex, which is the largest ever found in any of the provinces of the Roman Empire, is likely to add to the body of knowledge modern scholars already possess about the sport.
 
 
The school itself was found with a tractor-mounted radar array that rendered any objects in a 3-D map.
 
 
Source: nationalgeographic.com
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