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Gladiator battles revealed in ancient graffiti

Hundreds of graffiti messages have been found in the ancient city of Aphrodisias, shedding light on what life was like there 1,500 years ago. Some of the most interesting gladiator graffiti was found on a plaque in the city's stadium where gladiator fights took place. The plaque depicts battles between two

Archaeologists map gladiatorial school

A team of archaeologists have used noninvasive technologies to map a gladiatorial school in Austria that dates back to the 2nd century. "It was a prison; they were prisoners," says Wolfgang Neubauer, an archaeologist at Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology who led the study team. "They lived

Ancient statue depicts naked female gladiator

A new study of a 2,000-year-old statue suggests that it depicts a topless female gladiator. The gladiator statue shows a topless woman, wearing only a loincloth and a bandage around her left knee. Her hair is long, although neat, and in the air she raises what the researcher, Alfonso Manas of

More information on Roman gladiator school in Austria

Last week I posted about the discovery of a gladiator school in Austria. Now more information on this exciting find has been released. They lived in cells barely big enough to turn around in and usually fought until they died. This was the lot of those at a sensational scientific discovery

Ruins of gladiator school found in Vienna

The ruins of a massive amphitheatre where gladiators trained has been found in near Vienna. They say that the ruins located through ground radar measurements rival the Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus in Rome in their structure. The Ludus Magnus is the largest of the gladiatorial arenas in the Italian capital,

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

Remains of muscular female gladiator found

Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of a muscular female who may have been a gladiator. Archaeological Project Manager Robin Jackson said: 'When we first looked at the leg and arm bones, the muscle attachments suggested it was quite a strapping big bloke. 'But the pelvis and head,