2,000 year old House of Gladiators Collapses in Pompeii, Sparking Debate on Italy’s Duty of Up-keep

November 8, 2010 § Leave a comment


House of Gladiators site

The House of Gladiators was believed to be the location where gladiators gathered and trained, using the structure as a “club house” before heading into battle at the nearby amphitheatre in the city (destroyed in 79 A.D). The structure was no longer open to visitors, but was still a must-see site by visiting tourists, even just to view it from its exterior. Like many ancient buildings of its kind, the House of Gladiators was damaged during World War II, yet restored in the late 1940’s.

The collapse of the House of Gladiators is yet another addition to the debate on the neglect many historic heritage sites experience.

Professor Peter Stone, director of the International Center for Cultural and Heritage Studies and professor at Newcastle University, will be holding a lecture tonight at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis on the topic of cultural heritage sites and their management. The lecture titled, “World Heritage Management? By Whom? For Whom?” begins at 8:00PM in the University Library Lilly Auditorium.

To learn more about the House of Gladiators, and its recent demise, click here.

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