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Gladiators return to Colosseum after 2,000 years
The Times ^ | December 20, 2008

Posted on 12/20/2008 9:25:01 PM PST by nickcarraway

They came. They saw. They slaughtered. And now, almost 2,000 years after fighters and wild animals last entertained the rabble, gladiators are set to return to the Colosseum.

Umberto Broccoli, the head of archaeology at Rome city council, said it was time that the five million people who visited the Colosseum annually saw the kind of shows originally staged there. They should also experience “the sights, sounds and smells” of Ancient Rome.

Mauro Cutrufo, the deputy mayor, said that a series of events would be held next year to mark the two thousandth anniversary of the birth of the Emperor Vespasian, who began the construction of the Colosseum.

It has yet to be decided whether the mock combats will be staged on a floor placed over the subterranean chambers in the arena or on a stage outside it. Mr Broccoli insisted that the fights would be authentic, with gladiators using the same weapons.

Related Links Rome carriage horses to get 'black boxes' Gladiators return to Rome's Colosseum Tomb of real 'Gladiator' found in Italy Mr Broccoli, who is also a radio and television journalist, said that this would not be the kind of tacky show put on by the fake gladiators who now pose for photographs, and nor would it be a Disneyland attraction.

Instead, it would be an educational tool for bringing the spirit of antiquity alive. During fight displays visitors will hear descriptions of the gladiators’ life and customs by Seneca, the 1st-century philosopher and imperial adviser.

Asked if the planned shows might be thought vulgar, Mr Broccoli retorted: “The gladiators themselves were vulgar, they were sweaty, they stank and they swore. Why not show them as they were, for real?”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ancientrome; godsgravesglyphs; rome

1 posted on 12/20/2008 9:25:01 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 12/20/2008 9:25:13 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway

The Colosseum is one of the coolest places I have ever visited. It’s amazing it still stands today.


3 posted on 12/20/2008 9:29:02 PM PST by Comparative Advantage
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To: nickcarraway; mikrofon
they were sweaty, they stank and they swore.

Sounds like the DUmmies.

4 posted on 12/20/2008 9:29:24 PM PST by Charles Henrickson (Roman charge.)
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To: nickcarraway
"They should also experience “the sights, sounds and smells” of Ancient Rome."

Nuttin' like the smell of pee and poopoo.

5 posted on 12/20/2008 9:29:41 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway

Civilization.


6 posted on 12/20/2008 9:29:42 PM PST by XR7
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To: Comparative Advantage

It’ll be a mosque soon enough.


7 posted on 12/20/2008 9:30:22 PM PST by nickcarraway (Are the Good Times Really Over?)
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To: nickcarraway
"The gladiators themselves were vulgar, they were sweaty, they stank and they swore."

Sounds like most of The House and Senate not to mention Rowdy Roddy.

8 posted on 12/20/2008 9:30:28 PM PST by blackbart.223 (I live in Northern Nevada. Reid doesn't represent me.)
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To: nickcarraway

9 posted on 12/20/2008 9:30:55 PM PST by Bratch
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To: Charles Henrickson
"they were sweaty, they stank and they swore."

"Sounds like the DUmmies."

Well, if you weighed 350 lbs and had to get up to run and fetch your carton of twinkies, you'd be doing that, too.

10 posted on 12/20/2008 9:32:26 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...

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11 posted on 12/20/2008 9:34:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, December 6, 2008 !!!)
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To: nickcarraway
Umberto Broccoli, the head of archaeology at Rome city council, said it was time that the five million people who visited the Colosseum annually saw the kind of shows originally staged there.

If a vegetable can have a fulfilling, productive life in Italy, there's still hope for Al Gore.

12 posted on 12/20/2008 9:35:02 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear

But I’m sure Mr. Broccoli would tell you “It isn’t easy being green”...


13 posted on 12/20/2008 9:37:46 PM PST by Wisconsinlady
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To: XR7
Watch this video clip - a real hoot!




Click here or on the above image for the video clip

14 posted on 12/20/2008 9:41:13 PM PST by B-Cause (It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.)
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To: Wisconsinlady

I’m sure he’s a long way from his salad days. He can afford to fork over the green to buy a few extra carrots for his wife. Now that he’s the big cheese, he needs to resist the urge to run around with a sexy tomato or he might find himself on the compost heap.


15 posted on 12/20/2008 9:41:26 PM PST by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Umm...They had public flush toilets.


16 posted on 12/20/2008 9:43:26 PM PST by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: nickcarraway
Asked if the planned shows might be thought vulgar, Mr Broccoli retorted

"Well, let me tell you, those gladiators will be...

Choppin' broccoli."

17 posted on 12/20/2008 9:45:32 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: ffusco

You mean the gladiators were allowed to go potty in the middle of a match ?


18 posted on 12/20/2008 9:45:43 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: nickcarraway
"Emperor" Trajan88 gives this thread a thumb's up ;-)


19 posted on 12/20/2008 10:11:10 PM PST by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Bratch; shibumi

I am Spartacus! ping.


20 posted on 12/20/2008 10:31:20 PM PST by Salamander (Cursed with Second Sight.)
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To: nickcarraway

21 posted on 12/20/2008 10:38:29 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

How about players during the superbowl?

Gladaitors were the professional athletes of their time. People traded crads of their favorites and there were dolls made in their likeness that children played with. Most of the fights were fixed (like wrestling) and famous gladiators had long careers, received the best medical care, made fortunes and were adored by their fans.


22 posted on 12/20/2008 10:40:28 PM PST by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: nickcarraway

With the current global climate maybe they’ll slaughter some Christians./sarc.


23 posted on 12/20/2008 10:47:57 PM PST by elephantlips
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To: B-Cause

Danke schön!


24 posted on 12/20/2008 10:49:06 PM PST by XR7
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To: Bratch

A must see on my next trip to Roma.


25 posted on 12/20/2008 11:13:49 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: nickcarraway
Umberto Broccoli

His distant cousin...


26 posted on 12/21/2008 12:15:10 AM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Don't blame me, I voted for Vaclav Klaus.)
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard

That’s a pickle, Larry the pickle.


27 posted on 12/21/2008 12:28:58 AM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: blackbart.223
Sounds like most of The House and Senate not to mention Rowdy Roddy.

Correction: Sounds like most of The Korean House and Senate ...Scuffles in SKorea parliament over bid to pass US trade pact

28 posted on 12/21/2008 1:56:45 AM PST by Tamar1973 (Riding the Korean Wave, one Bae Yong Joon drama at a time!)
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To: Bratch
Bratch, do you like movies about Gladiators?
29 posted on 12/21/2008 4:16:00 AM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Merry Christmas!!!)
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To: Comparative Advantage

It is, especially after later generations of Romans got done with it, stripping out rebar and all. But “awesome” only begins to describe it for me.

Real gladiators? Real blood? I am sure PETA is going to LOVE watching animals be killed.

No?

Dang.

To the other comment: their public toilets didn’t actually flush. They were continually running streams you sat over. And you had to carry your own sponge to wipe with, Tho a communal bucket for rinsing that sponge was helpfully provided. [Gross.]


30 posted on 12/21/2008 5:00:07 AM PST by Adder (typical basicly decent bitter white person)
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To: nickcarraway

No wonder President Bush #1 doesn’t like Broccoli!


31 posted on 12/21/2008 6:26:06 AM PST by RoadTest (The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? - Jer.17:9)
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To: nickcarraway
Joey, do you like movies about gladiators?
32 posted on 12/21/2008 6:29:29 AM PST by Tribune7 (Obama wants to put the same crowd that ran Fannie Mae in charge of health care)
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To: Comparative Advantage

I loved my tour guide at the Colosseum.
“ Contrary to popular opinion Christians were not martyred in the Colosseum. That occurred in the Circus Maximus which could seat 300,000 while the Colosseum only held about 60,000”.


33 posted on 12/21/2008 6:35:14 AM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: nickcarraway

Disgusting. What’s next, public crucifixtions?

Some things are best left un-”re-enacted”


34 posted on 12/21/2008 6:42:31 AM PST by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts and guns made America great.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

35 posted on 12/21/2008 9:27:14 AM PST by Bratch
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To: Adder

And, in the interest of hygiene, that bucket was helpfully full of not water, but vinegar.


36 posted on 12/21/2008 10:16:17 AM PST by Tenniel2 ("When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one" -- Edmund Burke)
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To: nickcarraway
“The gladiators themselves were vulgar, they were sweaty, they stank and they swore. Why not show them as they were, for real?”

Sounds like he's describing a bunch of Democrats.

37 posted on 12/21/2008 11:15:15 AM PST by curmudgeonII (Vocatus atque non vocatus deus aderit.)
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To: Snurple

My daughter and her talking Larry asked me to tell you that he’s not a pickle... he’s a cucumber.


38 posted on 12/21/2008 1:15:08 PM PST by WhistlingPastTheGraveyard (Don't blame me, I voted for Vaclav Klaus.)
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To: GreenLanternCorps

Have you ever seen a grown man naked?


39 posted on 12/21/2008 2:15:10 PM PST by John Will
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To: WhistlingPastTheGraveyard
Tell daughter I am sorry, she is correct and I was wrong....Larry is a cucumber. I always liked Bob the tomato;)


40 posted on 12/21/2008 5:02:04 PM PST by Snurple (VEGETARIAN, OLD INDIAN WORD FOR BAD HUNTER.)
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To: John Will; Bratch

Have you ever been in a Turkish prison?


41 posted on 12/21/2008 5:47:34 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Merry Christmas!!!)
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To: nickcarraway

To recruit actors, all they have to do is set up a job booth at one of the Athens riots. http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/12/13/riot-460x276.jpg


42 posted on 12/21/2008 7:16:01 PM PST by garjog
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To: Cacique

bump for later


43 posted on 12/21/2008 9:29:00 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: GreenLanternCorps

44 posted on 12/22/2008 9:38:38 AM PST by Bratch
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