|photo credit: New York Post|
A law was passed, which just recently went into effect, prohibiting the antics of these street performers. Yet it seemingly had little effect, as the opportunistic scofflaws continued offering their "services," undaunted. So today police stepped in to enforce an eviction notice, and to physically remove some of the gladiators, which ultimately resulted in a clash with police that created quite a spectacle. Onlookers were reported to have sided with the gladiators, shouting "We are all centurions!"
The event was both ironic and Fellini-esque, which is to say, it was very Roman.
Not many people know this, but anyone visiting Rome can get their gladiator on. Should the idea of doning tunics and learning how to master a sword appeal to members of your family, consider taking a short, 2-hour class at the Scuola Gladiatori Roma (gladiator school) offered by the reputable historical and cultural association, Gruppo Storico Romano (GSR).
GSR members are knowledgeable as well as highly entertaining, and--importantly--they're historically accurate (and legal!). Taking a class here, you'll dress up in traditional gladiator robes and armor, and learn not only fighting and sword techniques but also about the life of a gladiator in ancient Rome. The fighting part may sound icky, but it's surprisingly fun, and what's more, re-enacting historical battles turns out to leave quite a lasting impression on kids. They love it.
For more information, visit Scuola Gladiatori Roma.