’Gladiator – Heroes of the Colosseum’

Special exhibition about gladiators

In 2016, Moesgaard Museum's special exhibition of international caliber, ’Gladiator – Heroes of the Colosseum’, presented stories from the lives of the gladiators and was a journey into the arenas of the Colosseum and Pompeii.

The exhibition displayed more than 200 items from key museums and institutions in Italy e.g. Colosseum, Naples, Bologna and Pompeii.

The items along with set design, sound, lighting and visual effects depicted the life of a gladiator from the fate of a fallen mercenary to that of a slave and gladiator. Many of the 200 items displayed in the exhibition at Moesgaard had not previously been displayed outside of Italy.

The experience of a packed Colosseum

In the exhibition, visitors had the opportunity to enter the Colosseum. Set design, models of various gladiators, fighting warriors on film and the sound of elated spectators combined with original elements of architecture conveyed the ambience of a packed Colosseum

The special exhibition of 2016, ‘Gladiator – Heroes of Colosseum’, was shown at Moesgaard Museum from April 22 until September 11, 2016.