Ancient Roman Gladiators alive and fighting in Spain

Posted By on May 21, 2009

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Ancient Rome

A few weeks ago I watched a 60 Minutes report on two brothers who are bullfighters in Spain. In doing research for my novel, I’ve become an expert of sorts on the Roman Empire and it astounded me how similar today’s bullfighting is to ancient Rome’s Gladiator battles. Everything from the arena/coliseum to the crowd of people enjoying a good fight between the matador (which means “killer” in Spanish) and the bull. Then I started thinking… what is it that the crowd likes to see? What about boxing and wrestling? The arena is different and it’s to humans fighting rather than human vs animal. Oh and don’t forget alligator wrestling? Why do people want to watch violence? Then you have horror movies – blood and gore.

What does that say about human kind. We haven’t changed since the Romans?

The Apostle Paul gave a follower of his, Timothy, some sage advice that if we didn’t know that he wrote it in the first century, it describes mankind today:

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God–having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.  ~2 Timothy 3:1-5

God Bless,


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Step back in time and experience what it would have been like to be the daughter of the Roman magistrate, curious about the new sect of Christianity. Betrothed to a man she doesn't love, in love with a man her family would disapprove of, told that the gods she grew up believing in are false, Claudia learns to seek and follow God’s will while coping with her tyrannical father’s plan for her future and his goal of maintaining his “dignitas.” Discover the beginnings of the early Christian church and how they converted the pagans. Experience the life, culture and society of the Ancient Roman Empire. Be there when Vesuvius erupts and buries Pompeii and its inhabitants. A Romeo & Juliet story set in 1st Century Italy with an awesome ending!


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