Oh no! Gladiators go to school
Your new owner has decided you will be sent to a ludus gladiatorius – a school where slaves, criminals and other wretches are trained to fight as gladiators. Once inside, the gates will be locked and there will be no escape. You’ll be trained to fight by a lanista or ‘butcher’, an old gladiator whose fighting days are over.
Your owner will hand you over to a trainer – a tough man who will teach you how to be a gladiator.
You’ll exercise every day with weights to build up your body’s strength.
Until you can be trusted with a real weapon you will practice with a wooden sword.