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Ludus Magnus, Rome

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The Ludus Magnus or The Great Gladiatorial Training School is the largest of the gladiatorial arenas in Rome, Italy. It was built by the emperor Domitian (81-96 AD) in the valley between the Esquiline and the Caelian hills, an area already occupied by Republican and Augustan structures. The still visible ruins of the monument belong to a second building stage attributed to the emperor Trajan (98-117), where the Ludus plane was raised by about.The remains of the complex were discovered in 1937, but only 20 years later excavations were terminated. The name and construction period of Ludus Magnus are known, thanks to antique sources. There is also its blueprint that was found among some fragments of the marble city plan (Forma Urbis) drawn in the Severian age (early third century AD). However, there were great doubts about where it was located in the general topography of ancient Rome, so that it can now be related to a building in Piazza Iside, still visible.The Ludus Magnus was located in this area as it was built for the performances to be held at the Flavian Amphitheatre (the Colosseum). To facilitate connections between these two buildings, an underground gallery linked the two buildings. The path, with an entrance 2.17 m wide, began underneath the amphitheatre and reached the Ludus at its southwestern corner.
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  • June 24, 2017
    Some junk in the ruins, which in turn would keep a bit cleaner from the grass. A short walk from the Colosseum.
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  • June 22, 2017
    The gladiators were here to train. We went through a subterranean passage to the Colosseum. Today the streets around a little inconspicuous.
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  • June 18, 2017
    Right around the corner from the Colosseum is the area that was used to train and house the gladiators. It's free and open and unattended. There's a little bit of information on a sign, written both i...  more »
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  • So cool to see just out side the Colosseum!!
  • Right outside my accommodation I had to come onto the internet to find out what it was as there is no information around the cornered off site. Cool really, 2 minute walk from the Colosseum so you can understand why this was the gladiator school. Not to much to get wowed about. Still cool.
  • Adjacent to the colosseum, these ruins used to be the training camp of gladiators. It's nice to imagine how these two buildings worked together
  • Very cool. Old training grounds for the gladiators. No crowds. Lit up at night.
  • beautifull

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