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The Real Gladiators

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But what were the lives and deaths of gladiators really like?

Inside the Bardo Museum there is evidence that when Rome ruled Tunisia, North Africans enjoyed Roman style entertainment.  The most popular – and violent - were the gladiatorial games. In Hollywood depictions, these games take place before a bloodthirsty crowd and it appears the only outcome for the loser is death.

But did the losing Gladiator always die? What was a Gladiator’s life – and death – really like? 

The answer is a museum secret.