Barbaric: Life and Death of Gladiators in Ancient Rome

Mosaic of Gladiators.

Mosaic of Gladiators. Source: Wikimedia

Sex Symbols

Unfortunately, celebrity culture had begun a lot earlier than the noughties – it actually started back in Ancient Rome. The gladiators might have been brutal by today’s standards, but back then they were considered quite the sex symbols. Many kids today play with action figures of Iron Man, Captain America, etc., depicted by conventionally attractive male actors on the big screen; the Romans had their own “superheroes” that also had their own action figures. Quite a few noblewomen wore accessories dipped in gladiators’ blood because it was believed to be an aphrodisiac.

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