If you’re ever in Italy, be sure to visit the territory of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Once upon a time he was very busy, but in 79 ad it came under the ashes of Vesuvius. Under a layer of frozen breeds has remained the bodies of thousands of people and ancient buildings, so today this place is a treasure trove for archaeologists and one of the most interesting places for tourists. Recently closed from ordinary people for the fifth region (Regio V), the researchers found a box of magical items. Now scientists told about the excavation of ancient paintings depicting fighting gladiators.
For many this can be a great opening, but gladiatorial combat was not invented by the Romans. Deadly duels have arisen from an ancient civilization called the Etruscans somewhere in the VI century BC. However, in ancient times, this spectacle was only available to rich people, but in Rome this kind of wrestling became entertainment for common people. With the popularity of gladiatorial fights, were grown and their cruelty.
How did Gladiator fights?
Unknown artist struck the figure with a size of 1.12×1.5 meters on wet plaster with water colors of red, yellow and blue. It depicts the most common form of fighting among gladiators. On the left is called the murmillo is one of those gladiators who were armed with a short Roman sword and rectangular shield. To the right is a wounded Thracian, who were treated to the sight of soldiers, armed with only a curved dagger.
Gladiators as you should fight almost naked torso — their bodies wrapped only in a leather loincloth, called subligaculum. However, their heads protected with a hat with a wide brim, crest, and lattice visor. It is believed that these helmets do not interfere with the gladiators to look around and well protected from impacts from above.
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The artist perfectly depicted flowing from the body of Thracian blood. According to the head of the excavation Massimo Osanna, slain fighter clearly asks his opponent for mercy. The fact that during Gladiator fights a wounded man could always ask the opponent to save his life. As the winner arrived with his opponent, no one knows — in the picture there are no notes on the outcome of the battle.
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Where the rest of the gladiators?
On the left corner of the figure, the archaeologists also found part of another painting. As a basic, it was painted white and had a red frame. It is drawn someone’s feet, but to learn the full story of the picture archaeologists is unlikely, because the bulk of the paintings were destroyed over time.
On the surface of the wall with a picture archaeologists have found traces of a wooden staircase. On this basis they suggested that an ancient painting adorned the ascent to the second floor of the Inn. There, according to researchers, was one of two areas: either the home of the innkeeper or rooms with prostitutes. Such places were the favorite place of the gladiators, so the presence of such a picture on the wall of the restaurant is not surprising.
By the way, on the topic of gladiators, I recommend to watch the show "Spartacus: Blood and sand". It is known that the world's most famous Gladiator could act in the role of murmillo, and Thracian.
That this place could be a favorite place of gladiators, suggests its location. Previously, only three blocks from this building, archaeologists found a gladiatorial barracks.