Arena Pula

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Pula, Croatia
Arena Pula - Inside Pula Arena
Arena Pula - View approaching the harbour.

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Jenayr Jenayr
3 reviews
6th Largest Roman Arena! May 12, 2011
It is basically a ruin but it is so very big! They have alot of concerts held at the Amphitheatre but I never got to any while I was there but it is worth checking the listings.

It is quite a sight when you are in the Amphitheatre but I think the best views you get of it are when you are approaching Pula harbour after being out on a boat trip, it just looks so alluring!
Inside Pula Arena
View approaching the harbour.
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travelman727 says:
Nice review! I enjoyed visiting Anena Pula and like you, I'd LOVE to attend a concert there :-D
Posted on: May 12, 2011
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croguide croguide
9 reviews
Sketches from the history of Istria: Gladiator games in Pula Aug 28, 2009
The first gladiator games were held in Rome in 264 BC during Junius Brutus' funeral. The games were closely connected to the tradition of burying a nobleman and their purpose was to please the spirits of the deceased ancestors. This tradition existed even before Rome.

During the Roman Republic, gladiator games needed to be approved by the emperor or the senate. The games initially took place in the thermae, theatres and town forums. Amphitheatres were first built in the 1st century AD.

The hierarchy was defined by the gladiator laws. The leader of the gladiators was responsible for their training and he had his subordinates. They usually had many gladiator fights behind them and their experience was extremely valuable. The training took place in special schools. Each group of gladiators had a certain number of members and it was characterized by top discipline.

The gladiators were further divided in accordance with their combat style: murmillones (Gallic weapon fighters), essedarii (war-chariot fighters), retiarii (net and trident fighters) and bestiarii (mostly criminals condemned to fight the beasts).

The combat style, as well as each gladiator’s weapon, was adopted by the Romans over numerous wars during which they learned about the war techniques and the enemy warriors' weapons.

Prior to the building of the amphitheatre in Pula, the gladiator games took place on the Forum in Pula.

As the amphitheatre was built, the games were held there. An interesting thing is that Pula had some 4 000 to 5 000 inhabitants at that time and the amphitheatre was big enough for more than 20 000 people.

The entire area around the ancient Pula was highly populated and the spectacles in the amphitheatre attracted a large number of people. Who was sitting where was well known and there are 80 inscriptions in the amphitheatre which are in fact reserved seats for the members of a noble family.

Choosing equal opponents was taken into consideration during the fight. The goal was to make the deadly performance last as along as possible and to make it as intense as possible as well. The loser either died or he was saved by a special signal given by the audience. He was carried out through the door. The one who died was then dressed into funeral clothes and burned at the owner’s expense. They were buried on the necropolis.

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