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.
Archer wearing an oriental style skirt, bronze statue, height 15.5 cm, from the village of Sa Costa, Sardara, Sardinia, Italy. Nuragic civilisation, 5th–8th century BC. Cagliari, Museo Archeologico Nazionale (Archaeological Museum)