Verus Vs Priscus Rome AD 80
Verus was a well-known gladiator during the reigns of the Emperors Vespasian and Titus in the latter part of the 1st century. Verus combats with Priscus was the highlight of the opening day of the games conducted by Titus to inaugurate the Flavian Amphitheatre (later the Coliseum) in AD 80, recorded in a laudatory poem by Martial — the only detailed description of a gladiatorial fight that has survived to the present day. Both gladiators were declared victors of the combat and were awarded their freedom by the Emperor in such a unique outcome.
Priscus and Verus are also said to have been the bravest gladiators of all. Some say Verus was said to be a captured slave from 'Germania Inferior' and held for a hostage, as a boy he ended up wanting to become a gladiator in order to no longer have to work at a stone quarry. He picked a fight with Priscus in front of a patron of the fights, who accepted them both. He and Priscus became life long friends, they began training together and both won many battles all over the empire. One day, these best friends were forced to fight each other in combat. The fight went on for so long that for the first and only time ever, they both were declared to be the winners. Emperor Titus awarded both wooden swords and their freedom. Verus then became a commander. more to come - update later..