The man on the phone was Joaquin Phoenix—the actor who would go on to star in gladiator, Walk the Line, and The Master.
And, yes, I have neurotically adapted to the gladiator sport of celebrity culture, the cruelty of a life lived as a moving target.
I also love all the gladiator monologues in “Seven Fifty-Two.”
Those willing to argue their beliefs and not back down often rise in the ranks of what one employee dubbed a "gladiator culture."
It's like being a gladiator; the whole thing takes two years to prepare.
In each of the remaining pairs one gladiator is on the point of yielding to his adversary.
I studied the people's faces as a gladiator might have done in the arena.
I abandoned the Romish priest theory after a second glance, and told myself he was more like a Roman gladiator.
"There goes the gladiator," said Reanda to his companion, suddenly.
With that she contemptuously turned her back on the gladiator, and hastened to examine the condition of her husband.
mid-15c., "Roman swordsman," from Latin gladiator, literally "swordsman," from gladius "sword," probably from Gaulish (cf. Welsh cleddyf, Cornish clethe, Breton kleze "sword;" see claymore). Old Irish claideb is from Welsh.
The close connection with Celtic words for 'sword', together with the imperfect match of initial consonants, and the semantic field of weaponry, suggests that Latin borrowed a form *gladio- or *kladio- (a hypothetical variant of attested British Celtic *kladimo- 'sword') from [Proto-Celtic] or from a third language. [de Vaan]