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- By Caroline Lacey
- Smithsonian.com, December 18, 2012
Did you ever wonder how gladiators became gladiators? Before they ever fought a battle they attended a six-month school where they were fed and groomed for success. These stars of Rome had the best nutrition and medicine in the city. Here we see a reenactment of what life would have looked like at Ludus, the largest gladiatorial arena in Rome. This program was a part of the Smithsonian Channel’s “Real Story” series.