- For the category list, see Gladiators. For the category list of gladiator "classes", see Gladiator Types.
Gladiators were taught the combative skills required at training enterprises called ludi, which were headed by a Lanista. Each gladiator was instructed by a Doctore, whom overseen their training. A gladiator that excels in combat and is continuously victorious in the arena, will rise to become champion of his respective ludus. Gladiators, like most slaves, were branded with a mark, symbolizing what house they belonged to and to whom. This also lead to the development of bonds amongst the gladiators; as they came to see each other as brothers-in-arms.
The social structure of a gladiator is separated into five different ranks as follows: False Gladiator, Gladiator, Veteran Gladiator, Champion, Doctore.