Were discovered the ruins of the Roman gladiatorial school


12/09/2011

Archaeologists from Austria recently reported that they found the well-preserved ruins of a large building designed for the education and training of the Roman gladiators. The remains of the school, located in the eastern part of the modern capital of Austria, Vienna, were discovered by radar images.

The school was part of the city of Rome, which was the important military and trade outpost 17 centuries ago. Despite the fact that work on the excavations until just beginning, radar images indicate the presence of thick walls surrounding the main unit, in which there were 40 small sections for Roman soldiers. Among the ruins of Carnuntum (Roman military camp) is also an area designed for training soldiers and a large area where, apparently, was the swimming pool. Outside the walls, as the radar is presumed to archaeologists, the cemetery for the soldiers who died during training.

"This is a world sensation, in the true sense of the word," - said Proelll Erwin (Erwin Proell), head of the Federal Province of Lower Austria. The school is part of the city which supposedly inhabited by about 50,000 people, and which flourished 1,700 years ago.

The city was considered a major military and trade outpost linking the vast Asian borders of the Roman Empire with its central and northern European lands. Official representatives reported that, according to the structure of the building, archaeologists discovered the famous Ludus Magnus (Ludus Magnus), which means "big range", which was the largest training school for gladiators in Rome.

One of the distinct parts of the ruins of a thick wooden post in the middle of the field for training, which was used by gladiators to fight as a conventional enemy. Museum staff Roemisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum also reported that three-dimensional images of the school indicate that it was a mixture of barracks and prisons. Gladiators are known to have been against sentence criminals or prisoners of the soldiers, and almost always slaves.

Experts have not yet set a date for the initial excavation of a gladiatorial school, citing the need for time in order to select a plan to ensure the preservation of ancient buildings as possible. The school is located on such a huge plot that has so far been excavated in less than one percent of the entire area, despite the fact that the excavations began in about 1870.

Original: BBC Translation: M. Potter


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