Attending the games was one of the practices that went with being a Roman. The Etruscans, who introduced this type of contest in the sixth century BCE, are credited with its development but it's the Romans who made it famous. A surviving feature of the Roman games was when a gladiator fell he was hauled out of the arena by a slave dressed as the Etruscan death-demon Charun. The slave would carry a hammer which was the demon's attribute. Moreover, the Latin term for a trainer-manager of gladiators (lanista), was believed to be an Etruscan word (4:50). Gladiators of Ancient Rome lived th…
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