Ten days from now (April 23rd!), the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is hosting Gladiator Day, an event that’ll celebrate ancient Rome’s famed fighter.
The event, which will be sans Russell Crowe (sorry ladies), will feature “gladiatorial bouts and demonstrations, a gladiator lecture, gladiator-inspired arts and crafts, balloon art creations, a food demonstration, and Italian-inspired cuisine.” And yes, I’m questioning what “gladiator-inspired arts and crafts” are as well.
As for the gladiatorial bouts… re-enactors from the Great School of the Gladiator (this is a real thing) will demonstrate combat in the museum’s outdoor Warden Garden every hour after 1pm. They’ll discuss the weapons, discuss fighting techniques, and more.
Think you’ll be bored by a lecture? Think again. Dr. Kathleen Coleman, who was the historical consultant on Ridley Scott’s Gladiator, will be speaking to guests about Ancient Rome and the gladiators. Awesome.
The event is free with museum admission ($10 for adults, $6 for students). For more information, visit the Penn Museum’s official website. See you there.
Gladiator Day @ the Penn Museum
April 23rd, 2011