Thursday, October 16, 2008

Gladiator Found

There must be a word for hardcore fans of Roman history. Romanophile? Latinophile? Regardless, I'm one of those.

They've discovered the tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, who was the inspiration (along with Narcissus, Commodus' actual assassin) for the Maximus character in Gladiator.

And when Macrinus died his son erected this magnificent tomb for him between the River Tiber and the Via Flaminia, the road leading north-east across the Appenines to the modern seaside resort of Rimini which Macrinus must have taken many times on his way to confront the Quadi and the Marcommani.


Jay Goodman Tamboli said...



Scott said...

I can't believe I missed that!