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Ludus Dacicus

Ludus Dacicus

One of four training camps for gladiators built by Domitian (A.D. 51-96) in the area around the Colosseum. Why it had the name “Dacian” is unclear: perhaps the earliest gladiators housed here were slaves captured from Dacia, which was conquered by Trajan (A.D. 53-117). It consisted of an oval arena for training and a surrounding courtyard off of which were rooms to house the men and their trainers. It was smaller than the Ludus Magnus, located not far away to the south.

From Samuel Ball Platner, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, rev. Thomas Ashby. Oxford: 1929, p. 319.

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