Fresco with Gladiators

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Carole Raddato
published on 26 June 2024
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This reconstructed piece of wall includes fragments of the original Roman fresco from Camulodunum (Roman Colchester) depicting gladiators. The figure on the right is a defeated murmillo gladiator. He has dropped his shield and has raised his finger to plea for mercy. It is the only known fresco from Britain depicting an arena scene.

Colchester Castle Museum, UK.

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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Raddato, C. (2024, June 26). Fresco with Gladiators. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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