There were many different types of gladiator in ancient Rome. Some of the first gladiators had been prisoners-of-war, and so some of the earliest types of gladiators used their native weapons and armor. Different gladiators specialized in different weapons, and it was usual to pair off combatants with widely different, but more or less equivalent, equipment.
Heroes of the arena, superstars of ancient times: The marvelous new coin shows the “provocator”, one of the most popular types of gladiators.
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