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==The Amphitheater theory==
The Romans had occupied much of modern-day Britain from the 1st to the early 5th century. They transformed British society and they built roads and cities throughout the island. During their centuries of rule, the local people were often Romanized, especially those who lived in towns and cities. They adopted Roman norms and customs and one of the most popular of these was the games, especially gladiatorial games <ref> Zienkiewicz, J. David. The legionary fortress baths at Caerleon: The buildings. Vol. 1 (Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, 1986</ref>
). Many Romano-British cities and towns had amphitheaters and based on the remaining evidence they hosted Roman style games. Many of these can still be seen and at one time there were a great many in Britain. In 2010 a theory emerged that was widely reported in the media and on the internet. A historian claimed that the amphitheaters inspired the legend of the Round Table. He claimed that the buildings which are circular formed the basis for the round table legend. Their argument was as follows, after the withdrawal of the Romans, the local people continued to live in the cities at least in the fifth and sixth centuries. Local Brythonic warlords led the fight against the Anglo-Saxons and others used these declining urban centers as strongholds. The amphitheaters were perfect assembly points and presumably, a local leader would gather his fighting men in these buildings. From this practice there emerged the story of a group of Christian knights. However, the theory that abandoned Roman amphitheaters inspired the stories of the Knights of the Round Table is a controversial one. There is no archaeological or documentary evidence that these Roman constructions, had been used in the Dark Ages or by Romano-British warriors.
==Arthur and his warband==
The origin of the Arthurian legend is in the Dark Ages, when as we have seen warlords carved out their own kingdoms and fought endless wars. Now an examination of Romano-British and Celtic culture can help us to understand the inspiration for the story about the gallant knights. Arthur was based on one or more Brythonic warlords, who would have had an elite group of fighters. <ref>Sutcliffe, p 17</ref>. They would typically be high-born warriors who had been trained since childhood in the art of war. These may have been sub-kings or chieftains and they often helped him to administer his territory. These elite warriors would have been similar to the ‘sworn swords’ who had pledged to fight for their lord or king and often acted as his personal bodyguard. They were the companions of the monarch and expected to die for their lord. Furthermore, they were expected to abide by a good of honor. There are definite similarities between these Dark Age warriors and the Knights of the Round Table. The noble swordsmen who fought for Arthur and can be considered to be a Christianised version of an older warrior tradition <ref>Sutcliffe, p 101</ref>.