I used to work for a company and we would go around doing gladiator reenactments. It was great and fun; however, one thing that the boss always said was that if I could find a reference to any gladiator having used an axe, I would be allowed to use one in the fight.
Now I have been drawn to fight a Hoplomachus as a Murmillo of a Thracian, but the offer still stands if I can find a reference to using an axe. We like to try and keep it as historically accurate as possible. I am bored of fighting with a gladius - it's not as fun.
I know that Spartacus (the recent TV adaptation) had their Secutors use axes; however, I cannot find anywhere any kind of historical reference to this and wonder if it was just for entertainment purposes.
I know that it is traditionally a sword for a gladiator, but does anyone have anything at all?