Gladiator's 1,800-Year-Old Epitaph Blames Ref for Death in Arena

Jun 20, 2011 Full story: NBC Chicago 25

Russell Crowe is modern times' most famous gladiator. A Roman gladiator's tombstone blames the ref for his fatal battle, according to a historian who decoded the 1,800-year-old epitaph.

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#1 Jun 20, 2011
what is the point ?????
Kurt

Pacific Palisades, CA

#2 Jun 20, 2011
Unnecessary Roughness?

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#3 Jun 20, 2011
Finally, the truth comes out!

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#4 Jun 20, 2011
Referees are notorious for bad calls.

I've read that there are hieroglyphs in the tombs of pharaohs complaining about lawyers too.

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#5 Jun 20, 2011
Bama Yankee wrote:
Referees are notorious for bad calls.
I've read that there are hieroglyphs in the tombs of pharaohs complaining about lawyers too.
2,000 years and they're still the same. That's a sad record.

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#7 Jun 20, 2011
Roughing the stabber. 20 yards.

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#8 Jun 20, 2011
When they yelled, kill the umpire, they actually killed the umpire.
Herman

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#9 Jun 20, 2011
They didn't have no referees in ancient Rome. Gladiators usually fight to death. He should have blame it on the emperor he is the one that make the final decision.
The Monkey

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#10 Jun 20, 2011
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#11 Jun 20, 2011
I don't think so. I think this guy is misinterpreting the saying:

"After breaking my opponent Demetrius I did not kill him immediately," reads the epitaph of a fighter named Diodorus. "Fate and the cunning treachery of the summa rudis [referee] killed me."

I don't think he did not kill him immediately because a friggen' Ref stepped in, I mean come on, this was the Roman Colosseum, around 100 B.C.

I think it was his decision.

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#12 Jun 20, 2011
They never called travelling either.

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#13 Jun 20, 2011
Refs name was Georgius Bushius. This, too, is his fault...

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#14 Jun 20, 2011
Old Sam wrote:
Refs name was Georgius Bushius. This, too, is his fault...
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If the Gladiator had Georgius Bushius run up to him, and blow his whistle - or Roman horn - and say: "Stop!!! Don't kill him!!!!" "Ref says!!!!!"

That Gladiator would have first killed HIM and then his opponent.

The saying would have read:

"After breaking my opponent Demetrius I did not kill him immediately, because a SLOWTARD ran into the Coliseum blowing is fcking whistle! I slew the slowtard then ran my sword through my opponent" reads the epitaph of a fighter named Diodorus. "Fate saved my life."

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#15 Jun 20, 2011
modern gladiators...sigfried and roy...

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#16 Jun 20, 2011
Herman wrote:
They didn't have no referees in ancient Rome. Gladiators usually fight to death. He should have blame it on the emperor he is the one that make the final decision.
Maybe blaming the emperor was what really got him killed and the engravers of the epitaph feared the same fate if they would have written what really happened.

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#17 Jun 20, 2011
Of course sports writing wasn't much back in the day. No Frank Deford's.
Kurt

Pacific Palisades, CA

#18 Jun 20, 2011
I am Sparticus!

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#19 Jun 20, 2011
Uh Clem wrote:
When they yelled, kill the umpire, they actually killed the umpire.
You have concisely explained the Fall of the Roman Umpire at last.
Palace Policius

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#20 Jun 21, 2011
Kurt wrote:
I am Sparticus!
We've been looking for you!

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#21 Jun 21, 2011
MeanandNasty wrote:
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Maybe blaming the emperor was what really got him killed and the engravers of the epitaph feared the same fate if they would have written what really happened.
Nah, Marcus Aurelius was an emperor who could accept blame.

He also would NEVER allow referees in a gladiator fight.

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