Carnuntum to host authentic gladiator fights

Carnuntum to host authentic gladiator fights
A gladiator fight at Bad Deutsch Altenburg. Photo: APA/Schleinzer
Would-be gladiators are gearing up for a weekend festival in Carnuntum, Lower Austria - on the site of an ancient Roman gladiator school which was only discovered in 2011.

Fans of Ancient Rome can explore the world of the gladiator on August 23rd and 24th, with authentic gladiator fights, training sessions in the gladiator school and numerous workshops in the Bad Deutsch-Altenburg Amphitheatre.

One of the highlights will be a performance by Marcus Junkelmann’s gladiator troupe – considered to be a leading expert in the field of Roman gladiator-related studies. Performances will begin on both days at 1pm and 4pm, accompanied by authentic Roman-era music.

Visitors will be encouraged to get involved with crafts and games – which range from painting swords and shields to making a Roman oil lamp from clay, or trying out some gladiator skills.

There will also be a music workshop in which participants can experiment with replica Roman instruments and try and create a 1,700 year old sound experience.

Normal entrance fees apply. A shuttle service will be operating between the Open Air Museum Petronell and the Amphitheatre Bad Deutsch-Altenburg every 15 minutes.


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