‘Gladiator’ tomb is found in Rome

Posted on October 18, 2008 

‘Gladiator’ tomb is found in Rome

The tomb of a general thought to have been an inspiration for the main character in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator has been unearthed in Rome.

The tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus is one of a number of recent archaeological discoveries in the city.

Marcus Nonius Macrinus was a favourite of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, helping him achieve major victories in Europe. He is believed to have in part inspired the character Maximus Decimus Meridius, played by Russell Crowe in Gladiator.

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