Thanks to the volcanic ash that destroyed the city of Pompeii nearly overnight, modern archaeologists have been given a very preserved look at the lives of the people of ancient Rome, and that includes some of the lewd graffiti that in other places has long since been washed away.
A small bronze statue dating back nearly 2,000 years may be that of a female gladiator, a victorious one at that, suggests a new study. If this is the case, it would only be the second known depiction of a female gladiator.
Several months ago, we posted a link to a really epic discussion on Reddit, where someone asked the question “Could a battalion of modern Marines take down the entire Roman empire under Augustus?”, and one Redditor by the name of Prufrock created a gorgeous tale of a hard fought battle. And now that thread is being turned into a movie.
Could I destroy the entire Roman Empire during the reign of Augustus if I traveled back in time with a modern U.S. Marine infantry battalion or MEU?
This would have been a great daily discussion question had I thought of it, but I didn’t think of it. It was Redditer The_Quiet_Earth that thought of it, and it turned out to be a really interesting discussion, mainly to due a Redditer named Prufrock451 (any Farkers know if this is the same Prufrock that used to do Fark PS contests a lot a few years ago?).
This ancient Roman helmet, discovered by a guy with a metal detector in Crosby Garrett, just south of the Scottish border recently fetched $3.6 million at auction at Christie’s in London. The helmet, complete with facemask has been described as a near-perfect example of Roman metalwork at its zenith.