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  • Mixed Martial Arts Celebrity Recruited for Ancient Roman Army

    04/07/2012 9:49:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Thursday, March 29, 2012 | Owen Jarus
    A newly translated inscription, dating back about 1,800 years, reveals that Oinoanda, a Roman city in southwest Turkey, turned to a mixed martial art champion to recruit for the Roman army and bring the new soldiers to a city named Hierapolis, located hundreds of miles to the east, in Syria. His name was Lucius Septimius Flavianus Flavillianus and he was a champion at wrestling and pankration, the latter a bloody, and at times lethal, mixed martial art where contestants would try to pound each other unconscious or into submission. Flavillianus proved to be so successful as a military recruiter that...