Later this summer, sweat and blood, groans and cheers, broken bones and damaged egos will return to the roman amphitheater in the City of London.

A recreation of the ancient gladiatorial games, staged right on top of the original Roman amphitheater that sits underneath the large courtyard outside the Guildhall.

And a very large affair it is. Putting on a gladiator fight needs priestesses, an Emperor with horse drawn chariot, slaves to clean, musicians to play, umpires to adjudicate, and gods to finish off the suffering.

And plenty of blood to excite the audience.

Accompanying the main event will be a Roman festival. Below ground, close to the ruins of the amphitheatre, there will be a special small display of artefacts from the Museum of London that looks at representations of gladiators in Londinium. It features the skull of a Roman man who suffered substantial head trauma around the time of death, trauma that may have been sustained within the amphitheatre in gladiatorial combat.

Eight afternoon and evening events will take place across the August Bank Holiday Weekend, Friday 25-Monday 28 August 2017.

To book seats in the arena, go here

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