Slaves, criminals, and prisoners of war could often receive a death sentence in ancient Rome (translated from Latin as â€ścondemned to deathâ€ť), popular methods of execution where through the gladiatorial games.
- Damnati ad gladium â€“ wherein the condemned was sent to by killed by other condemned or by trained gladiators.
- Damnati ad bestias â€“ wherein the condemned were sent against the likes of lions, tigers, and bears (Oh my!). They could either be sent in unarmed or prepared to fight.
- Damnati ad ludos â€“ wherein the condemned was sentenced to a gladiatorial â€śschoolâ€ť. Arguably a better sentence, the condemned served as a slave. They were housed, fed, cared for to an extent, and trained to be a gladiator themselves. This way they could potentially live, earn some money, and earn their freedom if they survived long enough.
Hey, at least it ain't crucifixion.
I have seen it spelled â€śdamnatioâ€ť, but most sources leave off the â€śoâ€ť.