This last week London has played host to a gladiator spectacle on the site of London’s Roman-era amphitheatre. Hosted by the Museum of London, each hour long display featured gladiators from re-enactor group Britannia, who appear everywhere from the Horrible Histories TV series to the film Gladiator.
As well as the spectacle of the fighting, there was a great educational element to the whole event, with each role in the event from team sponsor to Charon who dispenses the dying, described and put into context. And a chance to see artefacts and try on costumes etc afterwards. All in the beautiful setting of Guildhall Yard, which hosts the remains of Londinium’s Roman amphitheatre underground.