Definition of bestiarius
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Orthography ID = 2006534
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LNS
bestiārius, bestiāriī
bestiarius
noun (m., 2nd -IUS declension)
  1. one who fights with wild beasts in the public spectacles, a beast-fighter
Abbreviations
bestiārius, a, um, adj. id. I. B., of or pertaining to beasts: ludus, a fight with beasts, Sen. Ep. 70, 20; 70, 22.

—Usu. as subst.: bestiārius, ii, m., one who fights with wild beasts in the public spectacles, a beast-fighter, θηριομάχης (persons hired, or criminals: the former with weapons, and as victors rewarded; the latter, unarmed, and sometimes bound, Vop. Aur. 37; Tert. Pud. 22): praeclara aedilitas! Unus leo, ducenti bestiarii, Cic. Sest. 64, 135: gladiatoribus et bestiariis obsedere rem publicam, id. Vatin. 17, 40; so id. Q. Fr. 2, 6, 5; Sen. Ben. 2, 19, 1: ludus bestiariorum, Sen. Ep. 70, 17; * Suet. Claud. 34.
 
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