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A day at the amphitheatre

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´╗┐Margarita Myskovets A Day at the Amphitheatre I was so excited for the gladiatorial games that were to come; I waited for them for a long time as I dreamt of seeing Marcimus Omnimous. Marcimus is a Thracian, which is my favourite gladiator, as they seem to win every match. Thracians wears armour on both legs and carries a small square shield and wears either a full visor helmet or an open faced helmet with a wide brim and carried a curved Thracian sword with a n angled bend in the blade. Marcimus was a prisoner captured in Spain and is one of the best gladiators in Pompeii at the moment. I work with my father at the local grocery, which is famous throughout the whole of Pompeii. The business has been in my family for as long as I can remember and I take great pride in my work. The second most important thing in my life is the gladiatorial fights, which were to be around soon. It was two days and counting until the greatest fight Pompeii has ever witnessed against Nuceria. I have been a bloodthirsty fan of watching gladiators since the age of seven when I saw my first game with my father and older sister. That day changed my life and I can remember every second of the match from the words "Mitte" and "Lugula". ...read more.


Looking around you could see the citizens of Pompeii pouring in, some dressed in white, the formal Roman manner, others robed in brilliant colours. Women in their best finery, bejeweled and veiled, with children scampering freely, and men wandered about making contacts, possibly business acquaintances. A fine haze of perfumes, fried squid and garlic gently assaulted our nostrils. The day was sunny and there was not a breeze about so the awning was stretched out by experiences sailors, and slave girls walked around sprinkling scented water in order to make the day more comfortable. The sand of the arena was raked and the morning ceremonial procession soon began. The leader of the procession was the Emperor and behind him followed all the combatants, musicians and many other people that would be taking part in the event. The morning?s events began with mock fights, which depicted various famous Roman battles. When these were over, two trained lions were brought out and performed many tricks on stage. This was a rare event and the crowd went wild with excitement. The lions were then sent taken away and replaced by a bull and a panther that were to engage in a hunt (venatio). This excited the crowd as the two beasts were hissing and foaming at the mouth and eventually they both tore each other to shreds. ...read more.


After Marcimus left the arena another pair of gladiators came on and fought. This continued on throughout the evening and the crown was entertained for every moment of it. The gladiators who fought one another were paired up very carefully so that they would be an equal match for one another; this made the battles all the more entertaining. Heavily armed gladiators would be well protected and armed but slow, and would be matched against the lightly armed gladiators who although are less well protected, would have the advantage of speed on their side. The fights were all thrilling yet I found none as entertaining as that of Marcimus against the murmillo. The day finished on a high with the whole crowd in good spirits. My family left for home while I stayed to discuss the event with my friends. After leaving the amphitheatre my friends and I went to the streets where we wrote a things on the side of buildings in memory of the great even, I wrote on the side of an inn ?Marcimus, forever an idol?. The day was even better than I hoped it to be and the freeing of Marcimus was the biggest event of my whole life. I really hope that he carries on fighting as I wish to see him out in the arena again. ...read more.

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