The trade in gladiators was Empire-wide, and subjected to official supervision. Rome's military success produced a supply of soldier-prisoners who were redistributed for use in State mines or amphitheatres and for sale on the open market. For example, in the aftermath of the Jewish Revolt, the gladiator schools received an influx of Jews – those rejected for training would have been sent straight to the arenas as noxii (lit. "hurtful ones"). The best – the most robust – were sent to Rome.
A ROMANO-CELTIC BRONZE HELMET OF MONTEFORTINO TYPE CIRCA 3RD CENTURY B.C./1ST CENTURY A.D. Peaked at the back, with finial above, the sides pierced for cheek-piece attachments, small restoration on one side edge 7½ in. (19 cm.) high