Gladiatorial games were first introduced to Rome in 264BC, when the sons of Junius Brutus honored their father at his funeral by forcing three pairs of gladiators to fight to death against one another. Gladiatorial combat was originally part of a religious ceremony.
However, as the years passed,the ritual lost much of its religious significance, and became Rome’s most popular spectator sport. Gladiators were generally condemned criminals, prisoners of war of slaves bought for this purpose, and were forced to fight to death, for the amusement of spectators.
fact :Women Gladiators
Women also fought as gladiators. A women an gladiator was called a ‘Gladiatrix’. Mathes between female slaves gained popularity over the years. The last fight between two gladiatrix was in 200 AD, after which, the Emperor Septimus Severus banned women from fighting as gladiators.