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10 Things You Didn`t Know About The Romans

There`s more to the Romans than emperors, gladiators and the Colosseum.

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10 Things You Didn`t Know About The Romans. There`s more to the Romans than emperors, gladiators and the Colosseum.
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Male, 40-49, Europe
 12381 Posts
Thursday, July 4, 2013 7:39:34 PM
Start with " De Bello Gallico" is an easier latin if you want to refresh the knowledge.

One of my most prized possessions is an 1894 copy of a school textbook on Latin which uses the portion of "De Bello Gallico" that covers Britain as the example text for learning Latin.

Male, 40-49, Europe
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Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:54:20 PM
@ Angilion: Good stuff; thanks. Where do you get your Roman knowledge from?

Accumulation over ~30 years of reading. It stems from my Latin teacher at school. He made Latin interesting by teaching it in context as a living language, which meant that he also taught us about Roman society and Roman history. He was a brilliant teacher with an enduring passion for both his subject and for teaching it.

[quote]Where'd you find the "barley men" and bone meal references? Very interesting info.[/quote]

I watched a documentary on the gladiator graveyard you referred to. The research that you referred to got some coverage and that got me interested in the subject of gladiators and diet, which I hadn`t really given much thought to before, and I read more of the research.

I`m uncertain about some of it though. There`s talk about gladiators being fat as protection against blades, which is silly.

Male, 40-49, Europe
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Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:33:12 PM
Gladiators were also used as a 'sacrifice to the gods` when they were slayed save using anything else (If I remember right)

Human sacrifice was hugely taboo in the Roman empire. There were rituals involving straw figures that *might* have been remnants of prehistoric Roman human sacrifice, but that was long before the first gladiator fights.

I think you might be mistakenly remembering the connection between ceremony, gladiators and death - gladiator fights were originally part of a funeral, a way of honoring the dead person with a display of skill and courage.

Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 5772 Posts
Thursday, July 4, 2013 7:12:52 AM

And, man, how that Caligula could dance!

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 592 Posts
Thursday, July 4, 2013 6:14:39 AM
Also had 50% tax to pay for there military and finally being a Roman citizen really meant something!

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