Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Italy Blog #89: Pompeii Part 10: Parade of Gladiators!

This is the final blog look at Pompeii, Italy (before we take you to Sorrento). This is something we read about, and sadly didn't see... because it only happened when Pompeii was thriving. It's the "Parade of Gladiators."

WHAT IS THE PARADE OF GLADIATORS? - According to the book "Pompeii Reconstructed" (that we bought when we visited), Gladiators would return to their barracks in a procession from the amphitheaters by walking down two of the long main roads.

Gladiators walked down main streets
THE BATTLES - In Pompeii, 20 pairs of gladiators battled during the events. Those battles can be seen represented in graffiti around the city of Pompeii.

FOUND IN POMPEII - Gladiator helmets and greaves were found in Pompeii during the excavations.  

 GLADIATOR BARRACKS - According to http://www.pompeii.org.uk the four-sided colonnade rising up behind the Theatre was used as the barracks of the organization of gladiators who performed in the town. Along the wings of the colonnade and on the first floor were the rooms which provided accommodation for the gladiators from other towns. Paraments, helmets and arms belonging to the gladiators were found in many of the rooms.

Gladiator Barracks
Another gladiator
NEXT: The Lemon-Scented Town of Sorrento! 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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