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    10 Cruel And Unusual Facts About The Colosseum’s Animal Fights

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    The bestiari were a group of men in Ancient Rome tasked with fighting exotic dangerous animals for the delight of crowds. Most history books tend to gloss over the more gruesome details of what such fights entailed. For example, history books rarely tell you about . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potoooooooo View Post
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    The bestiari were a group of men in Ancient Rome tasked with fighting exotic dangerous animals for the delight of crowds. Most history books tend to gloss over the more gruesome details of what such fights entailed. For example, history books rarely tell you about . . .
    Well kinda. Bestiarii were men sent to fight and hunt animals. Some were trained and actually trained the animals but some were not. But they were different from prisoners sent in with weapons to fight wild animals to the death. The latter were not leaving the arena alive, no matter what. Bestiarii could and did, otherwise, who'd want to be one?

    And yes, Rome did sometimes send its prisoners to the arena for their death sentences. They considered death sentences something the public needed to see, so they would know justice was being done out in the open and not secreted away in some dungeon. If Rome had prisoners sentenced to death, they'd run them into the arena, but it wasn't every day. Even Rome would run out of prisoners sentenced to death after a couple of days.

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