Tangentially related to our current book chats, i.e., games and gladiators, this was posted on the Met Museum's Facebook page today:
Public games were a major part of Roman culture, playing an important role in the social and political life of the city and its empire. Although the games had their roots in funeral or religious rites, by the late Republican period (ca. 70–31 B.C.), they had become a hugely popular form of public entertainment. They took several forms but all were essentially either races or fights. Known as ludi and munera, games could be staged in purpose-made arenas, most notably the Colosseum (L.2007.9.46) and Circus Maximus (L.2007.9.68) in Rome, either separately or combined in lengthy festivals.
Above Image: Gladiator cup, ca. 50–80 a.d.; Neronian–Early Flavianic; Roman; Found at Montagnole, suthern France Glass
From the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.