18 Roman and Greek Gladiator Quotes


     Quotes from Roman and Greek Gladiators: The Most Amazing and Outstanding Phrases from Icons like Spartacus, Maximus, Leonidas and Achilles. Remember, with "Gladiator" we are referring to great movie icons.

What is a Gladiator?

     Gladiator was a person who, in ancient Rome, fought with another person or animal, sometimes to the death, for the entertainment of the Roman public. The origin of the combats between gladiators is probably Etruscan, initially carried out to honor some men in their funerals, receiving the name of munus, restricted to members of the Roman elite, the first report dates from 264 BC, in Rome.

     Over time, the presentations were made available to the general public in the amphitheaters, the first being built of wood, such as the one in Pompeii, in 70 BC, after which several others were built by the empire, including the largest among them, the Flavius amphitheater (Roman Coliseum), built in 80 AD, which could hold between fifty thousand and eighty spectators from all layers of Roman society.

Of this content, the only ones that actually are Gladiators are Spartacus and Maximus. Achilles and Leonidas were Greeks but still great warriors.

Roman and Greek Gladiator Quotes:

  • "You say you want to die for love but you don't know anything about dying or love." - Achilles

  • "We did what we were trained to do, what we were created to do, what we were born to do." - Leonidas

  • "We don't choose love. It snatches every man as he wants and imprisons him until nothing else is done." - Spartacus

  • "The ego cuts deeper than the flesh." - Spartacus

  • "Whatever comes out of these gates, we have a better chance of surviving if we work together." - Maximus

  • "What we do in life echoes in eternity." - Maximus

  • "Forgive me. I was trained with swords! Not with words." - Crixus

  • "A man must not accept his fate. Or he will be destroyed by it." - Spartacus

  • "A gladiator does not fear death. He caresses it, makes love to it." - Oenomaus

Best Gladiator Quotes to Reflect:

  • "The gods envy us. They envy us because we are mortal, because any moment could be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we are doomed. You will never be more beautiful than you are now. We will never be here again." - Achilles

  • "There are many things given to us in life for the wrong reasons. What we do with these blessings is man's true test." - Gannicus

  • "Nothing in this world is impossible when the heart and mind are directed." - Spartacus

  • "A little less than a year ago, I thought about my king's enigmatic mention of victory. Time has shown him right... One free Greek after another spread words from the bold Leonidas and his 300 Spartans, so far from home, they gave their lives not just for Sparta, but for all of Greece!"

  • "⁠The world will know that free men fought against a tyrant. That few fought against many. And, before the end of the battle even a God-King bled." - Leonidas

  • My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius Commander of the Northern Armies, General of the Felix Legions... Loyal servant of the true Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father of a murdered son, husband of a murdered wife. next."

  • "Man can achieve anything if the mind is set on purpose." - Spartacus

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Quotes from Roman and Greek Gladiators: The Most Amazing and Outstanding Phrases from Icons like Spartacus, Maximus, Leonidas and Achilles. Remember, with "Gladiator" we are referring to great movie icons.

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Varro was one of the most relevant gladiators. Varro was also the best friend of the protagonist and after his death, Spartacus was very sad. "He will be remembered as a father, husband and friend among enemies."

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Publius Varinius was an ascendant Roman politician and rival of Claudius Glabro (also a politician). Contributes to the 3rd Servil War but was Humiliated by the rebel Spartacus, check it out.

Gaius Claudius Glaber was a "Legatus", that is, a military commander during the Roman Empire. He also had the political title of Praetor and was defeated by Spartacus. Check out.