Literally, war chariot fighter as derived from the Celtic for chariot (essedum), this was the term used for a popular gladiator who fought from a chariot, as did the Britons. However, the essedarius may have fought on foot and only used the chariot to make a spectacular entrance to the arena.
An essedarius was a type of gladiator in Ancient Rome who fought from a chariot. There may have been just one man in the chariot, or two, a driver and a fighter. The word is also used of charioteers in other instances, such as in Caesar`s Gallic War, in his campaign against Cassivellaunus in Britain. They normally fought with a spear and a sword ....Found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essedarius
(from the article `gladiator`) ...worn helmets with closed visorsthat is, to have fought blindfolded; the dimachaeri (`two-knife men`) of the later empire, who carried a short ...Found on http://www.britannica.com/eb/a-z/e/46
(Latin) a charioteer, someone who rides in an essedum.Found on http://www.hestories.info/greco-roman-world-glossary.html
Latin, meaning: one who fight from a chariot Found on http://archives.nd.edu/eee.htm
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