Friday, July 16, 2010

Romans of Lesser Rank

BBC slideshow of some of the evidence that Roman era skeletons found in a gravesite in York were those of gladiators. Gladiators were considered infames.

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I read a revisionist account somewhere claiming that gladiotor deaths were not common due to the expense of training and feeding them. Being spared or stopping after injury might have been more common. Nobody might know the statistical truth.

On "infames" the association of "prostitutes, pimps, actors" must have special meaning at the Academy Awards ;)
 
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