Let the games begin! Roman gladiators ready for action

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MUSCULAR mayhem will descend on an ancient site this weekend as gladiators battle for glory.

Re-enactment group Britannia will be visiting Fishbourne Roman Palace, near Chichester, and depicting the types of people found in the fighting arena 2,000 years ago.

They will be dressed as criminals, soldiers who found themselves on the wrong side of mutinies or slaves who were born to fight.

There will be activities including joining up for Gladiator School, Roman food tasting, spinning and weaving, recreating realistic-looking wounds and Roman costume.

Spectators can enjoy an arena-side hog roast and Roman-themed food.

Jaane Rowehl, the museum’s director, said: ‘The event promises to be a lot of fun for the whole family, while giving people of all ages a unique insight into the lives of gladiators.’

The action takes place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.

Displays of gladiatorial contests will take place each day at midday and 3pm in the formal Roman Garden. Members of Join Sussex Past and the Friends of Fishbourne will receive free admission to the site and all special events.