Roman lifestyle included a love for art and theater. Pompeii had two buildings that welcomed audiences for comedies, tragedies, mime shows, and musical performances.

    In addition to these forms of entertainment, still appreciated today, the Roman people had a deep passion for gladiatorial shows, where trained men fought each other in undoubtedly thrilling duels. Gladiators were true superstars of the time, and they could be either slaves or free men drawn to the fame and wealth that could be obtained, not to mention the sexual favors received from Roman women who saw them as genuine sex symbols.