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Tomb of Real 'Gladiator' Found in Rome
FOXNews/Times ^ | October 16, 2008 | FOXNews Staff

Posted on 10/17/2008 4:12:50 AM PDT by NCDragon

Italian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of the ancient Roman hero said to have inspired the character played by Russell Crowe in the film "Gladiator."

Daniela Rossi, an archaeologist based in Rome, said the discovery of the monumental marble tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, including a large inscription bearing his name, was "an exceptional find."

She said it was "the most important ancient Roman monument to come to light for twenty or thirty years."

The tomb is on the banks of the Tiber near the via Flaminia, north of Rome. Cristiano Ranieri, who led the archeological team at the site, said the tomb had long ago collapsed into the mud but its columns, roof and decorations were intact. Some parts of the tomb had slipped into the river, but had been recovered.

Marcus Nonius Macrinus, born in Brescia in northern Italy, was a general and consul who led military campaigns for Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor from 161 AD to 180 AD.

He became part of the Emperor's inner circle and one of his favorites, serving as proconsul in Asia.

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: ancientrome; archeology; gladiator; godsgravesglyphs; rome
Full story from the Times posted in the link
1 posted on 10/17/2008 4:12:50 AM PDT by NCDragon
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To: NCDragon

Nice story except that Marcus Nonius Macrinus was never a gladiator.


2 posted on 10/17/2008 4:16:31 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: NCDragon
“the most important Ancient Roman monument to come to light for 20 or 30 years”.

Yet, the reported decided devote the majority of the article to a movie which had absolutely nothing to do with the real man.

3 posted on 10/17/2008 4:23:25 AM PDT by itsthejourney (1 of every 10 people you pass in the mall is here illegally)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
While vague, the article gets that point across.

Like the post above mine, I was also struck by how the article kept going back to the movie. It's no wonder folks have no concept of actual historical events. They rely on Hollywood to teach them all they need to know. ..gack
4 posted on 10/17/2008 4:30:43 AM PDT by stentorian conservative
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Are you suggesting that historic facts are in some way relevant?


5 posted on 10/17/2008 4:45:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick (After 5:00 p.m., slip brains through slot in door.)
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To: stentorian conservative
"Like the post above mine, I was also struck by how the article kept going back to the movie. It's no wonder folks have no concept of actual historical events. They rely on Hollywood to teach them all they need to know. ..gack "

What? You mean the movie "Dick" is not a documentary of the Nixon Administration?? /sarc
6 posted on 10/17/2008 4:47:49 AM PDT by LetsRok
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG ping


7 posted on 10/17/2008 6:23:10 AM PDT by Fractal Trader
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Maybe he was a gladiator organizer. That’s almost as good, right?


8 posted on 10/17/2008 6:30:38 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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9 posted on 10/17/2008 6:34:42 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack
The Pythons made some of the funniest movies ever. Willwe!
10 posted on 10/17/2008 8:55:41 AM PDT by odin2008 (EVIL TRUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
Nice story except that Marcus Nonius Macrinus was never a gladiator.

Gladiator was a remake of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in which the character who was the equivalent of Russell Crowe's character never became a gladiator, but was instead sent far away to Asia as commander. I was not that familiar with the story, so did not know that the original was more historically accurate. The original movie starred Stephen Boyd, Sophia Loren, Alec Guiness, and Christopher Plummer.

11 posted on 10/17/2008 10:45:38 AM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (White Trash for Sarah!)
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12 posted on 10/17/2008 7:05:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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Geez...I thought you were up in the night because that’s when the silly things came out to play...


13 posted on 10/17/2008 7:10:09 PM PDT by Monkey Face (I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.)
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To: LetsRok
"Dick" is not a documentary of the Nixon Administration??

Lord All Mighty, that calls into question my Modern American History For Illiterates, where my students learn American History watching Oliver Stone's Textbooks On Film history series!

If I have to start giving refunds....

14 posted on 10/17/2008 7:36:27 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The Great Obamanation of Desolation, attempting to sit in the Oval Office, where he ought not..)
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To: Larry Lucido

I was shocked to find out that the real Emperor Commodus did indeed fight in the arena as a gladiator.


15 posted on 10/17/2008 7:43:58 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: NCDragon

16 posted on 10/18/2008 7:26:58 AM PDT by Goonch (Bagarius "goonch” Yarrelli - my friends call me Goonch)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
It's to Fox's credit that they actually have quotation marks around the word gladiator.

Your larger point it correct: Hollywood and history have had a tenuous relationship at best—one whose foundations is selling tickets and enlarging the vanities of their producers while in true leftist fashion practicing distortion and deception.

one exception is this new indie coming out next year:

http://www.nicholasofmyra-movie.com/

17 posted on 10/18/2008 11:28:10 AM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: Kozak

But his opponents only had wooden swords. Also, Commodus liked to portray himself as Hercules, dressing in lion skins and taking bow in hand, shooting arrows at the real gladiators from his emperor’s perch in the Colleseum. He “ruled” for 13 years before his sex-slave (no joke) Narcissus either drowned or strangled him in his imperial bathroom.


18 posted on 10/18/2008 5:24:53 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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