Archaeology News: Roman Gladiators

Gladiators were bean-eating vegetarians who fought barefoot, participated in refereed matches and suffered floggings if they became inebriated or behaved inappropriately with women, new findings suggest.Those conclusions counter a number of popular Hollywood myths, such as “gladiator sandals,” the notion that these athletes could do as they pleased outside of the arena, and the idea that all gladiators fought to the death.

Discovery News has posted an intriguing new article about the lives and training of Roman gladiators, which, it turn out, were not at all like we see in the movies:

http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2007/06/26/gladiator_arc.html?category=archaeology&guid=20070626100030&dcitc=w01-101-ae-0001

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