Helen (heleninwales) wrote,

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Department of Who would have thought it?

Link courtesy of dhole.

Apparently gladiators were not the lean, mean fighting machines portrayed in popular cinema. They were instead pudgy, mean fighting machines. They ate a mostly vegetarian diet and took calcium supplements to increase bone density.

From the illustration, they'd probably look more like a typical Rugby front row than Hollywood's ideal fighting man.

So if anyone out there is writing a historical novel set in Roman times, the article might be useful.

And then, after writing this post, I glanced out of the window to see what the weather was doing so I could choose the appropriate icon -- and grabbed my camera, because realised I needed to make another!

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