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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
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! bwahahaha!
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
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. So you were there.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Pax Unum on 17 April, 2007, 22:25
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. It's also interesting that art from that time, portrays gladiators as being fairly fit... IMO the 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
It's also interesting that art from that time, portrays gladiators as being fairly fit... IMO the fourth guy from the left could go on a diet though... haha, is he spanking the helmet dude 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. '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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