The Gladiator Tomb


AArrrghh… it’s just maddening!

In 2008 archaeologists discover the 2nd century tomb of a wealthy senator, distinguished consul, and highly decorated battle-hardened general who led 20 years worth of Roman military campaigns for Emperor Marcus Aurelius against the Germanic tribes. Marcus Nonius Macrinus was possibly the closest confidant of the philosopher Emperor, and also served as proconsul in Asia. (Btw, Macrinus was the figure upon which screenwriter Franzoni very loosely based Russel Crowe’s character Maximus in Gladiator, hence the name used colloquially for the tomb.)

via The Gladiator Tomb.


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