Gladiators‘ Library

This section of our website is for the international exchange of gladiators and interested parties
All works are provided with a Creative Commons licence and serve the collection and dissemination of knowledge.

We have divided this section into five parts:

1. team introduction
2. trainings manual

3. small equipment articles
4. large overviews
5. gladiature-related themes
6. our gladiators library

The team:

Architeuthis – chief of research / sports manager- Academia

Pullus – chatty researcher / Deputy sports management- Academia

Mons – critical researcher – contact

Lucilla – practical researcher – contact

Ambiora – technical researcher – contact

Mimi(mi) – gladiator artist – contact

Ursus – chronist and restorer – contact

Germanicus – chief of maintenance – contact

Trainings manual

1. handbook how to traex – handbook

Equipment descriptions

  1. Net of the retiarius – article
  2. Thracian helmet of Maevia – article
  3. convertible helmet by Pumillus – Murmillo/Thraex – article
  4. Burdur version of the Provo helmet – article
  5. The rare Secutor helmet from Mons – article
  6. Lucilla has tried her hand at building a replica of a Hoplite ball shield – article
  7. The gladius of Retiarius – article
  8. Pectorale – article
  9. Mons has also thought about his new Gladius – article
  10. and he built his own scutum – article
  11. armour belt of the gladiators, using the example of Pullus „Belt optimisation“ – article
  12. Reforging a Legionary Helmet into a Secutore’s Helmet
  13. The new „Pectorale of the Pumilus“ – article

General overviews

  1. Timeline for gladiators – overview
  2. Armaturae or gladiator classes in short – overview
  3. The origin an the development of the retiarius as english PDF – overview
  4. Overview of all gladiator pairings, we could provide evidence – overview
  5. Helmets, sorted by armatura and timeline – overview
  6. Overview on helmet paddings – overview

Additional material

  1. For those, who don’t speak „Gladiator“ there is some kind of dictionary, written by Architeuthis
  2. A number system for the basic techniques – article
  3. Craticula – article lost
  4. roman military tunic by our russian collegues LEG.XI.CPF. Moscow, 2020 (PDF) – article
  5. Grosser Svenja 2009 Ludus Nemesis wrote an interessting article about the relation of military presence and gladiatura (PDF) – article
  6. in 2016 Svenja wrote her first article concerning female gladiators (PDF) – article
  7. 2018 Medusa strikes again with a research to the daily life of a gladiator (PDF) – article
  8. Medusa did a research on the topic of spectacula in ancient london (PDF) – article

Gladiators‘ Library

Here is our internal database with all known depictions hidden. – database

If you have any proposals or Suggestions for improvement don’t hesitate to contact us.