Roman gladiator’s gravestone describes death by referee error

Posted by SCRRS Website Committee on June 20th, 2011

Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor (http://www.livescience.com)

An enigmatic message on a Roman gladiator’s 1,800-year-old tombstone has finally been decoded, telling a treacherous tale.

The epitaph and art on the tombstone suggest the gladiator, named Diodorus, lost the battle (and his life) due to a referee’s error, according to Michael Carter, a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. Carter studies gladiator contests and other spectacles in the eastern part of the Roman Empire.

He examined the stone, which was discovered a century ago in Turkey, trying to determine what the drawing and inscription meant.

Read the full article at http://www.livescience.com

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