Ludus Magnus The Gladiatorial Training School Guided Tour in ITA
Ludus Magnus Guide Tour in Italian : 15€
Entrance fee: gratis with Mic Card or 4€
(if necessary Rented headphones 2€)
Near the Colosseum, between via Labicana and via di San Giovanni in Laterano, it is possible to see the remains of the Ludus Magnus, the largest gladiatorial training schools in Rome, built by the emperor Domitian ( Protected content ).
The structure was erected according to the shows held in the Flavian Amphitheater, to whose basement it was connected through a gallery. It consisted of a rectangular building of at least two floors, with a porticoed courtyard in the centre. Around the courtyard were cells intended for the accommodation of gladiators, of which 14 on the northern side are preserved. At the north-western corner of the quadriportico, one of the original four small triangular fountains has been restored.
Most of the brickwork structures were originally covered with marble slabs later removed. The characterizing element of the Ludus consists of a miniature amphitheatre in the courtyard, where gladiators practised. The arena was surrounded by a small cavea, intended to contain a limited number of spectators.
The remains of the complex were discovered in Protected content , but only twenty years later the exploration was completed; those currently visible belong to a second phase of the monument, attributed to the emperor Trajan ( Protected content ), in which the Ludus plan was raised by about a meter and a half.
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