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Ludus Matutinus

Ludus Matutinus

One of four training camps for gladiators built by Domitian (A.D. 51-96) in the area around the Colosseum. It was called “Matutinus” (“Morning”) because it was where the animal hunters trained, and their events took place in the morning. In the center was an oval arena where the hunters could train; around that was a courtyard and rooms for hunters and their trainers.

Ludus Matutinus

From Samuel Ball Platner, A Topographical Dictionary of Ancient Rome, rev. Thomas Ashby. Oxford: 1929, p. 320.

A training school for gladiators in Region III (Not. Cur.; CIL VI.352, 9470 (?), 10172, 10173, XIV. 2922; IG XIV.1330), probably near the Colosseum on the via Labicana. This ludus may possibly have been called matutinus because it was established for the training of hunters to fight in the venationes that took place in the morning (Ov. Met. XI.26; Mart. VIII.67; XIII.95; Sen. Ep. XII.7.3; Suet. Claud. 34), but this is by no means certain (cf. Pr. Reg. 121; Friedländer, Sittengeschichte II10.65; HJ 299). It was probably one of the four ludi established by Domitian (Chron. 146).

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