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Ancient Roman Vase is 1st Evidence of Gladiator Battles on English Soil
New analysis of artifact from late 2nd century, discovered in Colchester in 1853, depicts duel between fighters Memnon and Valentinus
New research on an ancient vase discovered in England in 1853 suggests, for the first time, that gladiator battles took place in Roman Britain.
Gladiator battles were a form of Roman entertainment featuring armed combatants facing off against each other, wild animals or even condemned criminals, and have been popularized in modern culture via movies such as “Spartacus” and “Gladiator.”