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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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  • When I visit Rome I like to stop here to admire the ruins as so to speak is located in the middle of the street scene and with great visibility to the Coliseum. Rome displays many of the interesting places and this is no exception, this was the gladiator school with its perfect location close to the Colosseum and the connection between the sites was an underground time. It's almost weird to think that you're here where once lay the gladiator school.
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  • Though factories of Ludus Magnum were known both literary sources that fragments of the Forma urbis ' (Severan era, whose marble slabs were placed in the Temple of peace) topographical placement by scholars of this building was for centuries rather problematic and not lacking in scientific discussions. Originally the area was occupied by a ' insula ' of the late Republican who was involved in the neronian fire of 64 ad. Above the buried tanks that such devastation followed, you came to lay the foundations of the new era of Domitian. This House was staying and prepared the Gladiators ' Ludi ' that took place in the nearby Theater, which was directly linked through an underground passageway. The building was a rectangular: we assume a three-story, which raised know only the perimeter walls. Inside was a colonnaded portico whose space was occupied by central elliptical arena where the major axis opened two main entrances, while two smaller opening on the minor axis. The Auditorium in marble steps had a rated capacity of 3,000 seats. The corners between the curved wall of the cavea and the porch, were four triangular fountains. The first phase of construction of the age of Domitian, Trajan's second important ensued, made necessary by static problems, which strengthened or rebuilt, sometimes parts of the structures. Followed over the centuries other restorations, the last under Odoacer are documented by an inscription found in the area. However, in the 6th century. D. C, both the Colosseum that the Ludus Magnum ceased the original purpose and slowly began their final abandonment. This leads to 1937 and a series of excavations, sometimes even to the isolation of the Flavian Amphitheatre, will highlight the properties of Ludus Magnum, finding in the field the perfect correspondence with those recorded in the ' Forma Urbis Romae ' Severiana. In 1961 during the construction of the new tax collection, is carried out further excavations and restorations, freeing from the lands where possible these important archaeological remains. Mosaics with hunting scenes came to light at the foot of the former Church of Santa Maria in Loreto, walls and graffiti Gladiators, relevant to the Ludus Magnum found themselves behind the cottage Guide and during the Foundation of the new building of the cooperative's Green hope ' from the via San Giovanni in Laterano archaeological remains we appear at an altitude below the modern street level: visible only from above, banned the visit except in special occasions, are reduced to the role of a pedal bin open sky of night ' nightlife ' renamed ' gay street '. Meanwhile, patient, ' Ludus Magnum ' awaits those restorations, for those few decrepit walls that perhaps the most say nothing, are given to the dignity that history imposes! But fate would have it's closed ... do not have a paying audience and is not ' little theatre ' of inaugurations and State visits but only night launch object of some empty bottle of beer in the hot Roman summer ...
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  • in the larger of the gyms of Rome dedicated to them: the prospect ... blood and sand to the nearby Colosseum (Colosseo). It was built by Domitian, was located and defined in form in 1937 also grace the Forma Urbis Romae. However, it was brought to light only in 1961 in part, the northern half, while the rest are still buried under the streets and neighboring buildings. The building was entirely, just the cavea was covered with marble, with rectangular plan; spread over three floors. The courtyard was the porch and opened the Gladiators ' quarters and some useful services to the shows. While the ground floor was a small arena used for training and a tunnel that connected to the Colosseum. Interestingly, the arena in which he exercised the Gladiators was surrounded by a small auditorium where they could take place the elect who could attend to practice. In the immediate vicinity of the Colosseum as well as four other ludus much smaller, were other instrumental structures for the functioning of the amphitheatre, like the spoliarum (= mortuary), saniarum (= emergency room) and the warehouses where they were preserved machines, the scenarios and the weapons cache. After the slave revolt launched in 73 b.c. by Spartacus and some Gladiators, close to every school was a barracks for soldiers. The latter in addition to controlling the situation, delivering the real weapons Gladiators only in the morning and resumed in the evening, in order to avoid any disorder or riot. The site is visible from the top of the current road plan, though only on the floor below you can perform (after reservation) visit: definitely evaluated as good, then "+++".
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  • The school where the gladiators were taught. Just amazing.
  • Interesting, but not much to see.
  • 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.
  • So cool to see just out side the Colosseum!!
  • 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

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