Do you want ot look like the one with all of the weird answers at a party? Well this list is for you. We have 20 ridiculous but true facts that you won’t believe. In fact, no one will believe you when you tell them.
1 Gladiator Matches Had Referees
Starting our list of ridiculous but true facts is one little known one about gladiator matches.
Amid the brutality and carnage of gladiatorial combat there was actually a referee, and an assistant for the referee, to control the battle. It seems hard to fathom from what we have been shown on the big screen. But as is often the case, what’s made for our entertainment isn’t always factual.
We have become accustomed to the reality that a gladiator fight was brutal. After all, the combatants were battling each other in hand to hand combat while using deadly weapons. But when the image of a fight between gladiators comes to mind we think of an uncontrolled fight to the death between two slaves. This is far from the truth, and the actual contests may have been much more civilized than we have been taught.
As we have said, gladiator combat was brutal, there’s no denying that. We have come to believe that at the end of a battle a gladiator would die, either from wounds, or at the behest of the audience. In the early period of the combats this was often the case. But as time progressed it became a rare occurrence. Unfortunately a gladiator was too expensive to have killed, and if one was unexpectedly killed the owner would be compensated.