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Gladiator died due to bad call from referee

The epitaph on a Roman tombstone for a gladiator named Diodorus blames a referee’s bad call for his death.

“After breaking my opponent Demetrius I did not kill him immediately,” the inscription reads.

“Fate and the cunning treachery of the summa rudis killed me.”

The term summa rudis can be understood to refer to a more senior gladiator called upon to referee matches.

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Story: John Bingham, The Telegraph | Photo: AP

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