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.
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.