Museum Valkhof in Nimwegen is dominated by gladiators since last weekend. Our image of the fighters in movies, comic books and stories is not true, prove the show Gladiators, heroes of the Coliseum. The story of the gladiators is much more nuanced than the image of the movie hero who fights to the death. The exhibition Gladiators visitors get a glimpse into the lives, fears and dreams of the Roman fighters. Who were they? How they were recruited, how they trained and what was their daily life like? Athletes Gladiators trained as athletes and had an iron discipline. The Roman population they represented especially courage, fighting spirit and self-sacrifice. Colosseum Valkhof illustrates the hardened men by means of paintings, armor and sculptures that have so far been exhibited only in foreign museums. Some of the pieces have never been outside of Italy and appears thanks to a collaboration with the Coliseum.
Private collection The museum also finds homegrown shows such as green glazed cup from Nijmegen, where gladiator fights are shown. The exhibition opens on Saturday, October 1st and lasts until Sunday, March 5th 2017. Valkhof Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 11:00 AM and 05:00 PM.