Retiarius Gladiator Mosaic


Carole Raddato
published on 26 November 2014
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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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