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Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Gladiators prepare for battle

Gladiators, are you ready? To go to school, that is.
I’m not sure how it was done in Ancient Rome, but in Turkey, gladiators go to school to learn vital gladiatorial skills such as fighting and chariot racing.
The Aspendos Gladiator School in Serik, Antalya the home of Aspendos, is training up Turkish oil wrestlers to re-enact the rough and ready gladiator fights of Ancient Rome. 

This is not your everyday school. Instead of the usual core subjects the rest of us suffered, would-be gladiators are trained in the art of hand-to-hand combat and weaponry. The school has 16 horses that gladiators are expected to race in dangerous chariot races. Handmade costumes and weapons will be employed to give a realistic feel to the gladiator shows, which aim to provide an insight into the real combative shows of ancient Rome. An 800-spectator capacity hall will be built to match the ancient Roman equivalent.
The school is set to open by the end of the month and is presently auditioning a number of Turkish oil wrestlers who will be potential students.
“[Gladiators] are supposed to be well built, and therefore we believe the best candidates will be Turkish oil wrestlers,” said the school’s administrator. “We have already offered the roles to our local wrestlers, and we are waiting for the results.”
Up to 40 gladiators will take part in the eventual shows, which will comprise of a number of Roman games.

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