Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Cool Thing About Gladiators..

Well, there's lots of cool things about gladiators, but I think that naming the little suckers is the most fun of all.  Of course, I have absolutely no clue as to what I'm doing with Latin, but ineptitude has never stopped me before!  Heck, not even slowed me down for that matter.  I didn't want to just go and pick out run of the mill boring Roman names for my lads, so instead of staying with normal Roman naming conventions I wandered the path a bit.  I tried to pick up on something characteristic about the particular figure and then run it through a translator and do the best I could.  Some of these are not even Latin but I thought would be cool for background.  I've listed the names with my target goals.
Speciosus:  Handsome
Profanus:  Wicked
Deceptus:  Tricky
Geminus:  Dual/Two
Magnus:  Big
Paratus:  Prepared
Ocius:  Quick
Memnon:  Generic Greek Name
Akrisios:  Thracian God
Hannibal:  Of Carthage Fame
Africanus:  Easy to remember for dark skinned gladiator
Germanicus:  Easy to remember for blondie gladiator
Lummox:  What my Mom used to call us when we were being clumsy oafs.


  1. Well, you certainly haven´t be a Lummox with this lot...they look great.
    I heard that some gladiators had very "girly" names delberatly to put the opponent into a false sense of security.´re up against "Petal" and then this 6 foot 15 stone monster walks out to fight you!!! :-D

  2. Very good, it makes sense to give them a name that suits and makes the players become more gladitorial, not like when I named one of my female gladiators Onyourbackbitchus but that's just me.

  3. Ooh, I hadn't even thought about naming female gladiators but I can see where that would take the fun to a whole new level.

  4. Still laughing at Lummox, and at TAL's comment. Its the detail that pulls us in all the more. Nice.

  5. good roster and stable of fighters there, me lad! great job. so now let's rumble!!