A rudis is a wooden sword—a gift to a gladiato


r as proof of his achieved freedom. It signifies his ascent from being a slave to becoming a freeman. The memorable past battles of a Gladiator are carved into the blade of the sword. A stipulation disclosed in the show is that a gladiator must always have the rudis on his person or risk receding into slavery

Notable RecipientsEdit

Gannicus - Received his rudis as reward for winning the Primus at the opening games of the Capua Arena

Marcus Pelorus - Received his rudis from saving Titus Batiatus from roadside brigands.

Timarchides - Received his rudis after purchasing his own freedom.

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