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Roman Gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank a tonic of ashes after training

archaeologicalnews:

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Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations in the ancient city of Ephesos.

Historic sources report that gladiators had their own diet. This comprised beans and grains. Contemporary reports referred to them as “hordearii” (“barley eaters”).

In a study by the Department of Forensic Medicine at the MedUni Vienna in cooperation with the Department of Anthropology at the Institute of Forensic Medicine at the University of Bern, bones were examined from a gladiator cemetery uncovered in 1993 which dates back to the 2nd or 3rd century BC in the then Roman city of Ephesos (now in modern-day Turkey). At the time, Ephesos was the capital of the Roman province of Asia and had over 200,000 inhabitants. Read more.

art-of-swords:

Sword with Scabbard

  • Dated: 17th century
  • Culture: Chinese
  • Medium: steel, brass, enamel
  • Measurements: blade length 28 5/8 inches (72.7 cm)

Source: Copyright © 2014 The Metropolitan Museum of Art

rendzina:

Over coffee with my mom this morning: “Sometimes we hesitate to invite people into our life because we feel like our space isn’t good enough yet. things are a little messy, or our place settings don’t match, or our situation isn’t quite what we want it to be. don’t let that stop you. invite people in anyway.”

art-of-swords:

Handmade Swords - Vardhllokur (Spirit Song)

  • Maker: Jake Powning
  • Medium: steel, oak, bitch, bronze, silver
  • Measurements: overall length 86.4 cm; weight 1.275 kg

Vardhllokur is a pattern-welded Viking sword with ancient bog-oak grip. The scabbard is yellow birch with Mammen style ornamentation while the hilt is bronze with silver and copper wire accents.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Jake Powning Swords