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  • Life: 1
  • Move: 5
  • Range: 1
  • Attack: 3
  • Defense: 3
  • Points: 70
  • Figures Per Squad: 3


  • Human Gladiator Bonding:
    Before taking a turn with the Capuan Gladiators, you may first take a turn with any Human Gladiator Hero you control.
  • Initiative Advantage:
    If all of your Order Markers are on Gladiator Army Cards, you may add 1 to your initiative roll for every Order Marker on the Capuan Gladiators' Army Card, up to a maximum of +3 for Initiative Advantage.


  • Spartacus: Gladiator Inspiration
    As Gladiators, the Capuan Gladiators may benefit from Spartacus's Gladiator Inspiration ability.

Behind the Game

Early literary sources seldom agree on the origins of gladiators and the gladiator games.[1] In the late 1st century BC, Nicolaus of Damascus believed they were Etruscan.[2] A generation later, Livy wrote that they were first held in 310 BC by the Campanians in celebration of their victory over the Samnites.[3] Long after the games had ceased, the 7th century AD writer Isidore of Seville derived Latin lanista (manager of gladiators) from the Etruscan word for "executioner," and the title of Charon (an official who accompanied the dead from the Roman gladiatorial arena) from Charun, psychopomp of the Etruscan underworld.[4] Roman historians emphasized the gladiator games as a foreign import, most likely Etruscan. This preference informed most standard histories of the Roman games in the early modern era.[5]

Reappraisal of the evidence supports a Campanian origin, or at least a borrowing, for the games and gladiators.[6] The earliest known Roman gladiator schools (ludi) were in Campania.[7] Tomb frescoes from Paestum (4th century BC) show paired fighters, with helmets, spears and shields, in a propitiatory funeral blood-rite that anticipates early Roman gladiator games.[8] Compared to these images, supporting evidence from Etruscan tomb-paintings is tentative and late. The Paestum frescoes may represent the continuation of a much older tradition, acquired or inherited from Greek colonists of the 8th century BC.[9]


  1. Welch, 2007 p=17; Kyle 1998 p=82.
  2. Welch 2007 pp=16–17. Nicolaus cites Posidonius's support for a Celtic origin and Hermippus' for a Mantinean (therefore Greek) origin.
  3. Futrell 2006 pp=4–7. Futrell is citing Livy, 9.40.17.
  4. Futrell 2006 pp=14–15.
  5. Welch 2007 p=11.
  6. Welch 2007 p=18; Futrell 2006 pp=3–5.
  7. Futrell 2006 p=4}}; Potter Mattingly 1999 p=226}}.
  8. Potter Mattingly 1999 p=226. Paestum was colonized by Rome in 273 BC.
  9. Welch 2007 pp=15, 18.

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