It is believed that the first gladiators were slaves who were made to fight to . Medieval Life – Crime and Punishment For more information on. A gladiator was a professional fighter who specialised with particular weapons and fought before the public in large purpose-built arenas. Who Were Gladiators: Gladiators were combatants who fought against each other, condemned criminals and wild animals during the time of Roman Republic. A dopted from the earlier Etruscans, perhaps by way of Campania, gladiatorial games munera originated in the rites of sacrifice due the spirits of the dead and the need to propitiate them with offerings of blood. Gladiator Schools in Rome. Roman people enjoyed sight of blood and carnage. Last modified November 06, Kathleen Coleman describes what went on, and examines the society that accepted such barbarity without question. Noch im Jahr n.