Dress and Appearance: First things first, you must
have the correct helmet, armor (if any), weapons, and shield that your gladiator carries. We have all seen the movie
Gladiator and watched all the seasons of Spartacus but they are not historically accurate! While some things are correct,
others are not. We have a duty to not only entertain the crowd but show them what actually happened!
is your subligaria:
All new fighters wear
a WHITE subligaria. This is to
show the crowd you are a virgin to the sands.
you have proven yourself in the arena with victories and favor of the crowds you
are awarded a RED subligaria. To show the Empire that you are trained
in the sport of blood!
you prove yourself worthy to be called a gladiator with noble victories on the sands and with pleasing the crowd you might
be awarded the YELLOW scarf. This scarf is
given by the Lanista as a token to show gratitude for your efforts in the arena. This scraf can be worn on the arm,
leg, or as a bandanna if no helmet is worn.
For those that survive the years and bring honor to the Ludus through victory and service
they are awarded the title of Champion and a GREEN subligaria.
Only past and present Lanista wear a BLUE
Below is a representation of how a subligara is constructed and worn.
***For all of our female
fighters a bra/sports bra or modern support must be worn under a period wrap.***
only does your gear need to look the part of a Roman gladiator but it also needs to be able to protect you and survive the
fights as well. If you are not able to purchase equipment from one of our recommended suppliers or if you want to create
your own gear make sure they will stand up in a fight.
- Red oak is used for swords, laminated hilts and pommels for strength.
(Red oak is more commonly found here in the US)
- Ash for trident
and spear poles.
manica need to be at least one inch thick and MUST cover the shoulder and wrist.
- Leather belts need to be at least 8oz leather, if not better. Belts need to cover the
- Helmets and greaves need to be at least 16 gauge if not better.
This will make them very heavy but not only is it historically accurate but it will also protect you and be able to last.
The padding in helmets do not have to be "historically accurate", they can be modern material or padding methods. A
chin strap is also highly recommended!
- All shields must be edged in leather.
All armor and weapons made and
not purchased by one of the suppliers need to be inspected by the Lanista or a Champion before used in the arena!
all male gladiators an athletic cup is REQUIRED to fight in the arena! For all female gladiators
a pelvic protector is REQUIRED to fight in the arena! For the few gladiators that do fight without
a helmet (Retiarius, Noxii) or fight with an open face helmet (Samnites) a mouth piece is REQUIRED to fight
in the arena! Only modern safety equipment may be worn, not its ancient Roman counterpart.
If any weapon is broken, if
any part of armor is broken the fight is immediately halted! This is not historically accurate but we all have lives
to attend to in the modern world.
Personalization of Equipment: You are strongly recommended to personalize your equipment. If you are a myrmillo and you want a horsehair
crest that is black and white, APPROVED! If you are a hoplomachus and you want to paint the head of Medusa on your shield,
APPROVED! If you have a leather straps on your manica and you want to dye the leather strapes red and black, APPROVED!
Your gear should represent you and your fighting style.
How to Win: To
gain a victory in the arena the Ludus follows these simple rules. We use the honor
system to count points! We also employ another non bias person to be a referee when needed.
- Three non-fatal hits is a
kill. A non-fatal hit is in the arm, leg, or a slash to the chest, back, or abdomen.
- One fatal hit is a kill. A fatal hit is a thrust to the chest, abdomen, or back
There are only two shots that are
"illegal". The first is for all fighters male and female, no groin shots! Second is no head shots for fighters
not wearing helmets (Retiarius) and wearing open face helmets (Samnites).
Gladiator School * 104 Hunters Wood Drive * Summerville * SC * 29485 * 843.437.5587