In this assignment, you will write a fictional story describing a visit to a gladiatorial event at a Roman amphitheater. You
will write this from the perspective of a Roman spectator (male or female) visiting the games for the first time. You are
free to adopt a Roman persona with any attitude toward the games (positive, neutral, negative).
NOTE: Please view the grading rubric below for specific grading criteria and point values.
- Your story must be written from the Roman perspective. It can be written in the first or third persons. It must
not be a descriptive essay from a modern perspective.
- Your story must be at least 500 words. It can be longer than 500 words without a penalty.
- Briefly describe what the amphitheater looks like at the start of your story (perhaps in conjunction with your
- Mention how your character found out about the games and how he/she knows what will happen at the event.
- Include a description of at least one event for each of the three major parts of the games (morning show, lunch
show, afternoon/evening show); be as descriptive (and accurate) as possible with the details of the events. Be
sure to describe a specific event rather than try to describe every event that took place over the course of the
- You must describe events in chronological order.
- Your descriptions must be accurate. Accuracy will be evaluated based on the material in the narrated lecture
- End your story with a brief analysis of the impression the whole day left upon your character.
The morning sun warmed my face as I approached the colossal Flavian Amphitheatre, its imposing silhouette filling the horizon. The air thrummed with anticipation, a symphony of excited voices and the rhythmic chants of street vendors selling their wares. Today was the day I would finally witness the legendary gladiatorial games, a spectacle I had only heard whispered about in hushed tones throughout my life.
My curiosity had always been piqued by the whispered tales of brave gladiators and savage beasts, of blood and glory spilling onto the arena floor. Now, standing before the amphitheater, I could feel the tremors of the looming spectacle in my very bones. It was a mixture of excitement and trepidation, a yearning to witness the raw power and drama of the games tempered by an underlying unease.
I had learned about the games through the stories of my father, a seasoned veteran who had witnessed countless battles in his years as a legionary. He spoke of the gladiators with a mixture of awe and respect, praising their courage and athleticism. He also spoke of the brutality of the games, the pain and suffering that unfolded beneath the watchful eyes of the crowd.
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