Agents' Choice 2020

Gladiators Are Coming!


Gladiators and the Colosseum – Death and Glory, an exhibition developed by the Italian firms Contemporanea Progretti and Expona, is coming to Ottawa’s Canadian War Museum this summer, its only North American stop. Featuring remarkable artifacts – including actual pieces of the Colosseum, along with rare weaponry and armour from the gladiator barracks in Pompeii – the exhibition reveals details of the lives of the armed athletes who fought, often to the death, to entertain and inspire the people of ancient Rome. The exhibition tells the story of Roman gladiators in four thematic zones: The Roman Empire, Rome and the Colosseum, Who are the Gladiators? and A Day at the Arena. The exhibition runs from June 13 to Sept. 7. (