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The book "Those About to Die" by Daniel Mannix (Panther 1960) relates that women were among the spectators, including ...noble ladies on the podium [who] often lost their heads. When one handsome young Myrmillo, only a few weeks before a simple farmboy living on the slopes of Apennine, paraded before the podium with his bloody sword upraised a ...


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Games were not normally free. Sometimes emperors would sponsor events as a way of winning popularity with the public. Julius Caesar was, I believe, the first to do this. Late in the empire the emperor subsidized games out of the public purse. Women did attend. The Romans had no problem with women appearing in public. In fact, not only did women attend, ...


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I will answer for the first question the Gladiatorial games were free for everyone to watch? Not really , quoting from wikipedia ( I dont know how to re-write it in my own words so Ill just paste it ) Towards the end of the Republic, Cicero (Murena, 72–3) still describes gladiator shows as ticketed — their political usefulness was served by ...



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