Carnelian intaglio of a gladiator fighting a lion


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 168

In the Early Imperial period, a popular part of the gladiatorial games was the morning program in which armed gladiators called venatores (hunters) were pitted against wild animals. The Romans also liked to see different kinds of animals fighting each other.

Carnelian intaglio of a gladiator fighting a lion, Carnelian, Roman

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