Photo: Ancient Gladiator Mosaic Found in Roman Villa



A mural recently found in an ancient Roman villa depicts a lightly armored gladiator wielding a net and a trident.

The villa belonged to Commodus, the bloodthirsty emperor who was the inspiration for the villain of the 2000 movie Gladiator.

Photograph courtesy Riccardo Frontoni


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