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Term for a  gladiator who was awarded a rudis [2], a wooden staff, after a victorious fight in the arena - most often by the organiser of the gladiatorial games (editor muneris) - as a sign that from then on he would never again have to fight in a munus (Mart. Liber spectaculorum 29,9; Suet. Claud. 21,5). The award was often granted at the urging of the public; this arbitrary procedure is fiercely criticised by opponents of the munera (Fronto, Ad M. Caesarem 2,1 Van den Hout; Tert. Liber de spectaculis 21,4). No sooner than two years after, by being awarded a pilleus , a rudiarius co…

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Hönle, Augusta (Rottweil), “Rudiarius”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 01 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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