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Lanista – gladiator’s trainer

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A scene from the Spartacus series
Scene from the Spartacus series

Lanista was the trainer of gladiators. The lanista’s art was probably to train people to fight, and then put them against each other in interesting combinations: for example, the combination of “fishhead” (mirmillo) with “net-man” (retiarius).

From time to time, the lanista hired gladiators from other teams to make up for the losses or get the famous player for a while. Lanista probably also trained gladiators to fight wild animals and acquired animals for fighting.

Sources
  • Grant Michael, Gladiatorzy, 1980

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