My novel of Pompeii is set in a gladiatorial school, so I was excited to see this short documentary-like video about what life was really like for gladiators. I’ll admit I gave a little squee when the medicus showed up, given that Tag, one of the main characters in Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii, is a medical slave in a struggling gladiatorial school of his own. The film was made in the Netherlands and was recently re-released in English.
Check it out. And if you’re a teacher, share it with your students!