Little known facts about Rome’s own most famous athletes
They were young and… not that tall
A gladiator’s average age was comprised between 20 and 35, with the largest number of them being around 30. Their height? A mere 1.68 cm (about 5.5″), which was however very normal for the time.
They had a social and political role
Where did they come from?
Who did they sleep with?
Did women fight?
And what about the reversed thumb?
… Romans were not as blood thirsty 1950s movies tell us, at least when it came to gladiators
Were they vegetarians?
They had their own Mountain Dew: and it was made with ashes
On the stands, women wore make up