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Photo of the Week – Ghosts of Gladiators

ancient gladiator blocks in Ephesus

ancient gladiator blocks in Ephesus

I found these blocks tucked in a corner at the Ephesus Museum.  The figure on the right looks to me like an Eques gladiator (medium round shield and short sword) although the helmet is small.  I imagine that this fragment was part of a celebrity fighter’s tomb, now broken and nestled in some overgrown plants.

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