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In June 59 AD. took place in the amphitheater of Pompeii Gladiator Games. Also from around the city, the crowd flocked to this event, including from Nuceria. During the Games, there was a dispute between the inhabitants of the two cities, which began harmless at first, but then expanded into a veritable bloodbath, on which there were numerous deaths and injuries on both sides. This uprising in connection with gladiator games was an absolute exception. Despite the gruesome demonstrations in the gladiator games, the brutality was rarely transmitted to the public. On the contrary, the spectators, who came from all parts of society, had to adhere to strict dress and seating orders, according to the decree of Emperor Augustus. It was important to be well-spoken. This also applied to the chariot races in the circus, in which the spectators, similar to today's fans at football matches, were divided into different parties. Depending on the color of the racing team with which they sympathized, they joined the greens, the blues, the reds or the whites. Incidentally, the organizer was responsible for an orderly course of the games. For him, it was quite lucrative to perform gladiator games or chariot races, because so he could make himself popular with the crowd. But he had to bear all costs and the entrance was free. That responsibility for the smooth running of the organizer lay, we also recognize from the consequences that flourished the gambler Livineius Regulus after the scandal in Pompeii: He was sent as a punishment in exile. In addition, the Rome Senate banned Pompeii from holding games for the next ten years.


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