Ancient Gladiator School Uncovered in Austria

Jean-Leon Gerome Pollice Verso

Archaeologists have made a stunning discovery in Austria – the first gladiator training school located outside of Rome.

Like many other ancient discoveries, the remains of the long lost facility were found underneath some grazing land in the eastern part of Austria, not far from Carnuntum.

The archaeologists are now piecing together all the remains and attempting to reconstruct what the school might have been like and what conditions the gladiators lived under. So far, it’s assumed that the school house up to 80 warriors whose living quarters were situated in a two-story complex with a central courtyard for training.

“It was a prison; they were prisoners,” said archaeologist Wolfgang Neubauer. “They lived in cells, in a fortress with only one gate out.”

Source: National Geographic