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Mini-Colosseum of 'Gladiator' Emperor Found
Discovery News ^ | Tuesday, August 13, 2013 | Rossella Lorenzi

Posted on 08/16/2013 12:37:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv

The Roman emperor Commodus might have cultivated the skills showcased in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film “Gladiator” in a personal miniature Colosseum on his estate near Rome.

Archaeologists from Montclair State University, in New Jersey, believe that a large oval area with curved walls and floors made of marble is, in fact, the arena where the emperor killed wild beasts, earning the nickname “the Roman Hercules,” as recorded in historical writings.

Found in Genzano, a village southeast of Rome which overlooks Lake Nemi, a crater lake in the Alban Hills, the oval structure measures 200 feet by 130 feet and dates to the 2nd century.

It was found by the U.S. team as they excavated thermal baths at an estate known as the Villa of Antonines.

Based on literary references and the discovery in the 18th century of marble busts of imperial figures, the site is believed to have been the property of the Antonine Dynasty (138–193), which begun with the reign of Antoninus Pius and included emperors Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus and Commodus.

“We first noticed a small section of a curving structure next to the baths. Ground-penetrating radar mapped out the entire foundations revealing new specular curving structures,” Deborah Chatr Aryamontri, a co-director of the excavation, told the Italian daily Il Messaggero.

Forming an ellipse, the arena could sit more than 1,300 people. It featured an imperial box and was richly decorated with mosaic tesserae and luxurious, imported marbles.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.discovery.com ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: antoninuspius; coliseum; collosseum; colosseum; commodus; godsgravesglyphs; luciusverus; marcusaurelius; romanempire
Mini-Colosseum

1 posted on 08/16/2013 12:37:53 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

Maybe next visit, maybe,, I still have catacombs to see


2 posted on 08/16/2013 12:39:11 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

3 posted on 08/16/2013 12:39:38 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Catacombs are fine, but I wonder where they buried the dogs?


4 posted on 08/16/2013 12:41:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Ave, Imperator, morituri te salutant


5 posted on 08/16/2013 12:41:55 PM PDT by Perdogg (Cruz-Paul 2016)
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To: SunkenCiv

lol. I just through playing “0 A.D.” so I am an expert now.

haha


6 posted on 08/16/2013 12:42:13 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SunkenCiv

Commodus had an odd hobby.


7 posted on 08/16/2013 12:43:13 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: SunkenCiv

are you entertained?


8 posted on 08/16/2013 12:51:22 PM PDT by max americana (fired liberals in our company after the election, & laughed while they cried (true story))
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To: max americana

9 posted on 08/16/2013 12:56:03 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: SunkenCiv

Have you seen the video about the huge boat/barges they found on Lake Neri?

I think they were supposed to be owned by either Nero or Commodus and used for pageants and pleasure boating.

They were propelled by slaves at oars. The only downside was when the Emperor wanted to go water skiing.


10 posted on 08/16/2013 12:56:06 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: SunkenCiv

Emperor Commodus Zero Obama

11 posted on 08/16/2013 1:12:08 PM PDT by mikrofon (Golf Gladiator)
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To: SunkenCiv
I wonder where they buried the dogs?
Same place as the Koreans - under a thick gravy.
12 posted on 08/16/2013 1:32:45 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: mikrofon

Excellent tribute to Emperor Commodus Zero.

Thanks.


13 posted on 08/16/2013 1:34:21 PM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: mikrofon
ROFL!!!


14 posted on 08/16/2013 1:42:01 PM PDT by NYer ( "Run from places of sin as from the plague."--St John Climacus)
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To: Bratch
Movie was entertaining but wildly inaccurate historically.
15 posted on 08/16/2013 1:45:44 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: SunkenCiv

Bucket list.

Quest to know ..

Is man the noblest species of them all?
Woof.

For your consideration.
(Poodles may have influenced this posting.-)


16 posted on 08/16/2013 1:51:34 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi --)
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To: wildbill

The remains of the boats were burned by the Nazis.


17 posted on 08/16/2013 3:18:08 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: Sherman Logan; Bratch

As SL said, “Gladiator” was entertaining, but not historical, even though the names of some of the characters were real. I read (probably in an Amazon review) that the movie was basically a high-end remake of a gladiator flick from about 1960.

The real Commodus had his sister exiled to Capri (I’m kinda jealous of that exile) but after she got there, she was executed.

Of course, we need to realize that Hollywood doesn’t make documentaries, at best it makes crockumentaries.


18 posted on 08/17/2013 3:08:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: wildbill; Ruy Dias de Bivar

Caligula, Lake Nemi, dirty freakin’ Nazis did burn ‘em.

Salvaging Caligula [Nemi Ships, Caligula, and Mussolini]
Time | Feb. 4, 1929 | staff
Posted on 11/25/2005 4:40:21 PM PST by SunkenCiv
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/1528600/posts

http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/miscellanea/nemi/nemi.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20030322012642/http://pages.zoom.co.uk/leveridge/nemi1.jpg

https://www.google.com/images?q=lake+nemi+ship&oe=utf-8&hl=en&sa=X&oi=image_result_group


19 posted on 08/17/2013 3:14:10 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: mylife

More than one. :’) The late Michael Grant noted that the surviving ancient contemporary accounts make it clear that Commodus “had something wrong with his groin”, perhaps a hernia from his birth. He was a big galoot, and was clearly the illegitimate son of a gladiator with whom his whore of a mother had an affair; as emperor he lowered himself by participating in gladiatorial contests, and I think driving chariots.

Eventually he’d bumped off everyone closely related to him (and then some), leaving himself surrounded by servants and others who knew he’d have anyone killed at the drop of a hat, so no one was very broken up about it when he was snuffed. His wrestling partner (not a euphemism, Commodus liked physical competition) was brought into the conspiracy, slipped into the emperor’s bedchamber, and strangled him to death.


20 posted on 08/17/2013 3:20:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: max americana

Is this not why you are here? ;’)


21 posted on 08/17/2013 3:22:08 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/3055580/posts?page=12#12


22 posted on 08/17/2013 3:24:43 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: Perdogg

I like that, but still prefer the AC/DC version.


23 posted on 08/17/2013 3:25:20 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: mikrofon; NYer

He should not stow thrones.


24 posted on 08/17/2013 3:25:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: GeronL

There’s a picture of zero later in the topic. ;’)


25 posted on 08/17/2013 3:26:37 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: oh8eleven

I kennel imagine that diet, collar me skeptical.


26 posted on 08/17/2013 3:27:34 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (It's no coincidence that some "conservatives" echo the hard left.)
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To: SunkenCiv

***I read (probably in an Amazon review) that the movie was basically a high-end remake of a gladiator flick from about 1960.***

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, a Samuel Bronston production. Filmed in Spain by the same producer of EL CID, 55 DAYS AT PEKING, and others.

Check it out on www.imdb.com


27 posted on 08/17/2013 6:04:33 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: max americana

consider me vexed.


28 posted on 08/17/2013 6:10:54 AM PDT by Flag_This (Term limits.)
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