Carnelian intaglio of a gladiator fighting a lion

Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian

Date: 1st half of 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Carnelian

Dimensions: H. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)

Classification: Gems

Credit Line: Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941

Accession Number: 41.160.710


In the Early Imperial period, a popular part of the gladiatorial games was the morning program in which armed gladiators called venatores (hunters) were pitted against wild animals. The Romans also liked to see different kinds of animals fighting each other.