Monday, September 05, 2011

School for Roman Gladiators discovered in Austria

A sensational discovery has been made by an international team from the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology (LBI-ArchPro), together with the Archaeological Park Carnuntum, using state-of-the-art ground penetrating radar devices. After a few hours of scanning, the interdisciplinary team has discovered a unique Roman building complex at Roman Carnuntum, 20 km east of Vienna in Austria and this will shed new light on how Roman gladiators lived and died in the provinces alongside the river Danube.

As the gladiators’ training and living quarters next to the Amphitheatre of the civilian city of Carnuntum (Petronell-Carnuntum), the newly discovered gladiator school has such clearly defined building structures that it can only be compared at the moment with the Amphitheatrum Flavium and Ludus Magnus in Rome.

Click here to read this article from History of the Ancient World