Gladiators in Nyon!

Just like today, the Romans were very fond of shows: plays, chariot races and gladiator fights, all good opportunities to have fun.

For that purpose, they built large buildings to be able to hold such events; theatres, circus' and amphitheatres.

The amphitheatres were oval in shape and the crowd sat (or stood) all around the central area called the arena.

It’s in this space that the shows were held: gladiator fights but also wild and exotic animal hunts. Lions, cheetahs, bears were captured and transported all around the Empire to fight in the amphitheatres!

Sometimes naval combats were organised, re- enactments of famous battles at sea. 


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