Retiarius Gladiator Mosaic

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Carole Raddato
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published on 26 November 2014
Retiarius Gladiator Mosaic

Mosaic showing a retiarius (net-fighter) named Kalendio fighting a secutor named Astyanax, 3rd century CE. (National Archaeological Museum of Spain, Madrid)
The secutor Astyanax and the retiarius Kalendio are engaged in a fight to death. The lanista, master of gladiators, cheers them on. The outcome is shown above and confirmed by the inscriptions; the word VICIT appears beside Astyanax, and beside Kalendio's name is an O with a line through it, an abbreviation for Obiit or death.


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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. (2014, November 26). Retiarius Gladiator Mosaic. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/3273/

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Raddato, Carole. "Retiarius Gladiator Mosaic." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified November 26, 2014. https://www.ancient.eu/image/3273/.

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Raddato, Carole. "Retiarius Gladiator Mosaic." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 26 Nov 2014. Web. 17 Aug 2019.

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