Mac & Mike's Pick: Going "Gladiator"

By WEEK Reporter

November 11, 2010 Updated Nov 11, 2010 at 11:20 PM CDT

If "Spartacus" is your favorite movie, we have a vacation spot for you...

The bad news is that you're going to have to do some traveling to get there.

The good news is that the exchange rate works in your favor.

So, pack the sword and sandals and head off to Serik, Turkey.

That's the home of the Aspendos gladiator school which is recruiting would-be gladiators to re-enact the gladiatorial combat of ancient Rome.... without getting hurt.

Students receive basic training in acting to stage the gladiator fights and chariot races.

There's no word on gladiator pay, but obviously, some of these guys are still in the minimum-wage category.

Turkish speaking skills may not be needed, since grunting is the common language.

The hope is that the gladiator's school will bring more tourism to a small Turkish city, which already has a very nice Roman theater.