10 Crazy Facts About Life In Ancient Rome
Most Popular Entertainment: Not Gladiator Matches
The movie Gladiator centered around life in the arena. And while gladiators were much like movie stars in Ancient Rome, their matches were not the most popular form of entertainment. What was? Chariot racing. While the Colosseum held 50,000 people, Circus Maximus, home of the chariot races, held a whopping 250,000. Ancient Nascar.
Cured With Gladiator Blood
Although the Romans were far ahead in some areas, they were equally as behind in others. One such was was their belief that a gladiator’s blood could cure epilepsy. So strong was this belief that the warm blood of a freshly killed gladiator was often immediately sold to the crowd.