What were people called who were condemned to die in the Roman arenas?
More specifically, were there different names for people who were, say, crucified than there were for those who would become martyrs? Or did they have names at all or were called anything?
Latin does not work that way. It does not have an exaggerated lust for noun case nor a weak verb structure. The English words "condemn" and "convict" come from Latin through Old French almost completely in tact yet are worlds apart in meaning. You should look for yourself.
Death in the arena was a sophisticated administration. You could be condemned ad ludum, ad bestias, or ad gladium ludi damnati or qui damnati cricificion.
Thank you very much! I appreciate your answering my question! One more thing if you don't mind: I know what all the words mean except for "ad ludum." Could you tell me what that means?
condemned ad ludum literally means condemened to the games.
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