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Sword and Sand - A Study of Ancient Roman Gladiator Sites and Artefacts

Article about: [FONT=Times New Roman]Salvete Fratres! This could easily take many hours of my time...hopefully, it will... I will begin with a brief presentation of a few interesting pieces and highlights

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    Salvete Fratres!

    This could easily take many hours of my time...hopefully, it will...

    I will begin with a brief presentation of a few interesting pieces and highlights from the recent Gladiatores exhibition, that we were fortunate enough to attend during its limited presentation at the National Museum of Archeology in Napoli (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli).

    The expansive and wonderfully detailed floor mosaic was displayed outside of Switzerland for the first time. Cases found at the Gladiatorial barracks in Pompei revealed many incredible finds, some of which are shown here.

    Although the exhibition ran for a limited period, closing last month, an English language link is added below:

    GLADIATORS|mann napoli

    When time permits, I shall augment the thread with information and related imagery.

    Ciao for now...

    Carl




    Index to the attachments as follows:

    (I-II) The Gladiatorial Barracks, Pompei 2022 (note Vesuvius in background)

    (III and V) Amphitheatre, Pompei 2022

    (IV) Funerary Stele of Antigonus, a Murmillo class Gladiator - Ravenna, 2nd-3rd Century AD

    (VI) Helmet of a Provacator Gladiator, Pompei Gladiator barracks, 1st Century AD

    (VII) Funerary Stele of Peneleos, a Murmillo class Gladiator - 3rd Century AD

    (VIII) Stunning Murmillo helmet. National Museum of Archeology in Napoli, 2022

    (IX) Acclamation of Pompei Gladiatorial games organiser

    (X-XI) Floor mosaic featuring Gladiatorial scenes, Augusta Raurica 2nd Century AD
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    Experienced guide and published writer leading detailed study trips to the former KZ sites of Nazi Germany. Contact for further details.


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    Below is one from my own collection. A bronze miniature Gladius estimated from the 1st to 3rd Century AD. it is a finely detailed piece and one I plan to display later, as part of a planned Gladiatores showpiece.

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    Experienced guide and published writer leading detailed study trips to the former KZ sites of Nazi Germany. Contact for further details.


    "maka akaŋl oyate maŋi pi ki le, tuweŋi wíyópeya oki hi sni"

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    Thank you Carl for the photo's and info.

    Very interesting and goes well with the History channel documentary " Colosseum" I watched.

    Your bronze miniature Gladius is a true treasure.

    Semper Fi
    Phil

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    Thank you Phil, as ever, I appreciate your kind words.

    This piece was possibly sold by a vendor at a games event, or made especially for somebody with a connection to the games.

    Yes, there are some great documentaries related to the subject, superb written works too of course.

    During one of our trips to Italy earlier this year, we were fortunate enough to not only visit the magnificent Amphitheatrum Flavium (Flavian Amphitheatre) but also take the underground workings of the Colosseum tour, a fantastic afternoon and a thoroughly interesting and entertaining way to see the famous site. Later in the thread, I will post some images and related information.

    Carl
    Experienced guide and published writer leading detailed study trips to the former KZ sites of Nazi Germany. Contact for further details.


    "maka akaŋl oyate maŋi pi ki le, tuweŋi wíyópeya oki hi sni"

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