Ludus Magnus Gladiator School in Rome
Ludus Magnus, Via San Giovanni, Rome, Italy
Rome's Ludus Magnus Gladiator School is the largest and most distinguished of the gladiatorial schools of Rome. The Ludus was built between 81 and 96 AD by Emperor Domitian, whose father and brother had built the Colosseum. There was lots of speculation about where the Ludus was located, right up to 1937 when it was discovered right alongside the Colosseum. The Ludus Magnus used to boast a central training area, amphitheatre, stands for spectators to peer down onto the fighting prisoners, as well as sleeping quarters for the Gladiators.
The Ludus Magnus is located next to the Colosseum between Via San Giovanni and Via Labicana. The nearest metro station to the Ludus Magnus is Colloseo, which is on line B.
The Ludus Magnus is viewable at any time but from street level only.
Many cafes line one side, but no official refreshment stand.
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