Spectacvla antiqva

Gladiator battles in Arena Pula
Spectacvla antiqva
When? 15 Jun 2017 to 15 Sep 2017

Arena Pula one of the largest and most preserved monuments of antique construction in Croatia a building where gladiators fought – and which could accommodate about 23,000 viewers. It was built in the 1st century, during the reign of Emperor Vespasian at the same time alongside the largest and most famous building of this kind – The Colosseum in Rome. In the Roman Empire, such buildings were built for the delight and enjoyment of seeing cruel gladiator games and battles with wild beasts.

Everyday life of the gladiator took place in closed gladiator schools, strict military training grounds (ludus). Although some of the more prominent gladiators who had secured high-ranking fights had enjoyed certain benefits, generally life in the ludus was extremely difficult. Gladiators were able to acquire freedom from the gladiator's school with a written statement (missio), and the symbolic sign of freedom was a wooden sword (rudis).

The gladiator's entry into the venue was a magnificent performance of gold-plated armour, coats of burgundy colour, and a four-ply decorated with swirling peacock feathers accompanied by trumpets. Their looks, metal armour and helmets exalted power and the impression of fearlessness.

Spectacvla Antiqva, is held in the Pula amphitheatre every year from the end of June to the beginning of September, once a week, except during the film festival. In evening hours’ gladiator battles are held, accompanied by workshops, art galleries, and an old-fashioned clothes narrator who explains the proceedings to the viewers.

Apart from the fact that tradition and heritage are showcased in the Arena, Roman history and culture is also revived. Everyone interested can enjoy gladiator fights held with real weapons. Visitors to the Arena can also buy original souvenirs such as replicas of antique ceramics and mosaics.

Rent a car in one of our offices and visit Pula and enjoy the unforgettable experience of revitalizing the ancient heritage of the city of Pula.

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