First gladiatorial school outside Rome discovered by University archaeologist
The school was mapped entirely with noninvasive earth-sensing technologies and is now hidden beneath a pasture.
The gladiatorial school or ludus gladiatorious that was recently discovered at the site of Carnuntum outside Vienna, Austria, is the first one to be discovered outside Rome. The school was mapped entirely with noninvasive earth-sensing technologies and is now hidden beneath a pasture.
The discovery of the school threw light upon what sort of lives these ancient warriors led during the second century AD in the Roman empire. Wolfgang Neubauer, an archaeologist from the University of Vienna, led the study team. He said that the gladiators lived like prisoners and the school was like a prison.
The discovery also made it clear that even outside Rome, gladiator sports were famous. Neubauer added that at least 80 gladiators, probably even more, lived in the large, two-story facility equipped with a practice area in its central courtyard. The school site also included heated floors for winter training, baths, infirmaries, plumbing and a nearby graveyard.