Equites Gladiator Mosaic

Illustration

Carole Raddato
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published on 26 November 2014

Mosaic depicting the fight between two equites gladiators named Simmachius and Maternus, 3rd century CE. (National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid)
Below, in the arena, the equites Symmachus and Maternus are fighting, cheered on by the lanistae. Above, Maternus, with a crossed-out O beside his name symbolizing death, lies defeated by Symmachus, whom the inscription calls a fortunate man.



About the Author

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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