Roman graffiti

Gladiators could become immensely popular. In Pompei, graffiti on the walls often depict popular gladiators, such as these two thraeces, M. Attilius and L. Raecius Felix. The Latin numbers after their names inform us how well they fought in the past. Attilius had fought and won only once (I - I), Raecius had already been in twelve fights, all of which he won. This thirteenth fight against the eager Attilius (V = victor), however, ended in his death.

© KU Leuven, 2012