At certainly one of Europe’s greatest re-enactment spectaculars, this yr’s present is Spartacus-themed. So, sit within the mighty area alongside 12,000 spectators (togas non-obligatory)

The primary gladiator is down, flailing his gladius in the direction of the emperor earlier than being pummelled by a large hammer (fortunately, right into a furrow of sand left by one of many racing chariots). Two “slaves” rush on and drag his physique off in the direction of the spoliarium. Immediately, everyone seems to be up out of their seats: the retiarius (web man) has dropped his trident and the mirmillones (fish males) are closing in.

Nîmes’ Les Grands Jeux Romains (Nice Roman Video games) is among the greatest re-enactment spectaculars in Europe. Sitting amongst 12,000 handkerchief-waving spectators within the metropolis’s first-century Roman amphitheatre final yr, I realised it makes for a mesmerising and charmingly-brutal occasion. Having already featured Hannibal (2015), Cleopatra (2016) and, final yr, Boudicca, this yr’s video games, which happen from 28-30 April, is dedicated to Spartacus.