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"Bloodthirst of Roman gladiators disappoints"

Postby Quintus Pomponius Atticus on Thu Mar 04, 2004 9:42 am


Another interesting little fact found in the newspaper today :

"Bloodthirst of Roman gladiators disappoints"
Source : De Standaard, 04/03 (my translation)

Roman gladiators did not look like musclemen, but rather like sumo wrestlers. An investigation shows they primarily ate vegetarian food, and that they often carried a lot of weight with them. That way, they could take a hard hit somewhat easier.

The Austrian Archaeological Institutes is doing excavations on a gladiator's graveyard in Ephesos, now in Turkey. Bone analysis of the found skeletons show that gladiators primarily consumed beans, vegetables and certain kinds of fruit.


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Postby Aulus Dionysius Mencius on Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:17 am

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This is interesting, but the point De Standaard tries to make, is not convincing... As if only Schartenegger types can have a thirst for blood...

The advantage of being sturdy when it comes to packing a punch, that seems very logical to me.

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