The Games were vary mob oriented. That meant that what the crowd wanted, the crowd got. To deny the mob could, and would, end the host politician's career. A smart gladiator would use this to his advantage. To understand how this could be done, one has to understand the gladiator himself.
Gladitors were mostly slaves, though some were free men who chose the life style. Often, soldiers would make their livings on the battle field and then return home after their term of duty only to be unable to cope with the mundane and adrenaline free life of a civilian. Many would become bodyguards to the rich Patricians or become mercenaries. Others would become gladiators as fighting was all they knew.
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Gladiators could be children as young as fifteen or sixteen and women. They could be dwarves or giants, thin or broad. Dwarves would be pitted against children or women for the opening fights. Other times, expendable slaves would be sent in large, unarmed groups to fight two or three armed, mid-skilled gladiators.
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Next week I will tell how a gladiator would win the mob.