Gladiator - Provocator (1)
Unpainted 28mm pewter metal miniature
The Provocator’s name is thought to have originated from a criminal or prisoner of war sentenced to capital punishment, provocator being derived from a judicial term at the time of the Republic. The Provocator wore a metal balteus, a manica on his right arm, a knee high greeve on his left leg, a breast plate, a full helmet, and a large, rectangular shield which netted some 30 lbs of equipment. The Provocator wielded the gladius in the arena for his weapon. Only one historical reference shows a Myrmillo as the Provocator’s adversary.