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The real Roman gladiators

Posted on Tuesday, 17 April, 2007 | Comment icon 17 comments

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"Roman gladiators were overweight vegetarians and not the muscle-bound men protrayed by actors like Russell Crowe, anthropologists say."

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Comment icon #8 Posted by ericraven2003 on 17 April, 2007, 16:46
Seeeee. Being a vegan made them fat. EAT meat.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Leliel on 17 April, 2007, 17:01
so... they were a sort of advanced sumo wrestler?....with swords. no wonder they couldn't run away from those lions and tigers and bears Oh my!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Keleneki on 17 April, 2007, 18:03
Comment icon #11 Posted by Ahh An Atheist on 17 April, 2007, 21:35
It seems the Austrians have it wrong. The gladiators worked out for many hours a day, thus turning the proteins in the before listed foods into muscle. I am sure that some were fat, but for the most part they were in perfect condition.
Comment icon #12 Posted by ericraven2003 on 17 April, 2007, 21:49
So you were there.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Pax Unum on 17 April, 2007, 22:25
It's also interesting that art from that time, portrays gladiators as being fairly fit... IMOthe fourth guy from the left could go on a diet though...
Comment icon #14 Posted by Toxic Flood on 18 April, 2007, 2:32
Don't they realize that fighting takes ALOT of energy, thus burning fat and turning protein into muscle? I bet if someone went on that diet they wouldn't be fat if they did some intense workout every day.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Leliel on 18 April, 2007, 9:47
haha, is he spanking the helmet dude 'Tis verily true. Though the idea of advanced sumo's is to funny to throw away
Comment icon #16 Posted by StoneAgeQueen on 18 April, 2007, 9:57
A fat man was not included in my Gladiator fantasy!!
Comment icon #17 Posted by Pandora2173 on 18 April, 2007, 14:30
They actually had a documentary on this on Discovery Channel quite a few months back. SO very interesting!
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