Two Roman venatores fighting a tiger (mosaic)

Two Roman venatores fighting a tiger (mosaic)

Two venatores fighting a tiger (5th century CE mosaic in the Great Palace of Constantinople, Istanbul, Turkey). The venator “(“hunter”) specialized in wild animal hunts instead of fighting them as the bestiarii (the bestiarius was a beast-fighter, so most of the time they would fight lions or bears (leo/ursi) See also Damnatio ad bestias) did. As well as hunting they also performed tricks with animals such as putting an arm in a lion’s mouth, riding a camel while leading lions on a leash, and making an elephant walk a tightrope. Technically they were not gladiators.

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