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Tomb Of “Gladiator” Found

By Wyatt Earp | October 17, 2008

Coolest story . . . EVER!

Italian archaeologists have discovered the tomb of the ancient Roman hero said to have inspired the character played by Russell Crowe in the film “Gladiator.”

Daniela Rossi, an archaeologist based in Rome, said the discovery of the monumental marble tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, including a large inscription bearing his name, was “an exceptional find.”

She said it was “the most important ancient Roman monument to come to light for twenty or thirty years.”

The tomb is on the banks of the Tiber near the via Flaminia, north of Rome. Cristiano Ranieri, who led the archeological team at the site, said the tomb had long ago collapsed into the mud but its columns, roof and decorations were intact. Some parts of the tomb had slipped into the river, but had been recovered.

And where was Indiana Jones during all of this? Probably hanging out with his greaser kid. Slackers.

Marcus Nonius Macrinus, born in Brescia in northern Italy, was a general and consul who led military campaigns for Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor from 161 AD to 180 AD.

He became part of the Emperor’s inner circle and one of his favorites, serving as proconsul in Asia. (H/TFOXNews)

Damn, if this isn’t the most interesting story of the year. Well done, guys! Well done.

Topics: Coolness! | 5 Comments »

5 Responses to “Tomb Of “Gladiator” Found”

  1. Kim Says:
    October 17th, 2008 at 7:40 am

    Way cool! This news story is a great way to introduce Roman history. Thank you so much for finding and sharing it.

  2. Sully Says:
    October 17th, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Now thats an amazing find!!!

  3. USA_Admiral Says:
    October 17th, 2008 at 9:14 am

    “For Honor and Glory” as it was said in the movie.

  4. Doghouse Says:
    October 17th, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Tomb of Gladiator – has potential as a movie title.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    October 17th, 2008 at 11:39 am

    Kim – You’re welcome. I had to post it, since I am a history buff and Gladiator is one of my all-time favorite films.

    Sully – Agreed. Awesome score.

    Admiral – “At my signal, unleash Hell.”

    Doghouse – It can be a double-feature with Zombie Gladiator.