Blood and Sand ? Amphitheatres in the Roman province NoricumGladiator fights, animal hunts and executions were inherent parts of Roman life. Already in the first century B.C., these bloody events attracted large crowds of people to the amphitheatres that served as a location for them. Developed by the Romans, the amphitheatre became one of the most famous construction forms of the ancient times due to its characteristic architecture consisting of a central arena and the surrounding cavea. However it has to be noted that size and design of amphitheatres were not the same everywhere, they strongly varied depending on the purpose they were mainly used for and the region they were located in.In the Roman province Noricum, amphitheatres can be found in Flavia Solva, Gleisdorf and Virunum. They all have an extraordinarily elongated layout which could possibly be considered a typically Noric characteristic. However in order to be definitely able to say whether this is the case, further research in this area has to be done since the current state of research is too limited to do so. Further archaeological research in this area could reveal important results and increase the knowledge about these fascinating and historically important monuments. It is possible that in addition to the afore mentioned bloody events, also other events like athletic competitions, cavalry demonstrations and military exercises took place in the Noric amphitheatres ? they were multifunctional. It is to be assumed that the three up to now documented amphitheatres in Noricum were not the only ones in the province. In Teurnia (near Spittal/Drau), Ovilavis (Wels) and Cetium (St. Pölten), there is evidence for yet undiscovered amphitheatres. At present, only the archaeological remains of the formerly magnificent amphitheatres remind us of the fights that took place in the arenas.