Thurs. 16th July: Gladiators’ discipline

We know from historical texts that most gladiator fights did not end with the killing of the loser. The highly trained fighters were far too valuable to kill off in such numbers. Fascinating evidence from the recently discovered, and only known gladiator cemetery, near Ephesus in Turkey, adds further proof that gladiators adhered to strict rules in the arena. A good number of the skeletons found were executed by a single blow to the head from a blunt weapon – after their helmet had been removed. Read the fascinating article here. Expect more articles about this cemetery and the wealth of  new information it has provided in the last five years or so.

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