Bloody, Defeated Gladiator Drips Gore in Gruesome Fresco Uncovered at Pompeii

livescience.com | 10/15/2019 | Mindy Weisberger - Senior Writer
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Rich, vibrant hues in a fresco recently uncovered at Pompeii illustrate the brutal finale of a violent battle between two gladiators.

The unknown artist was generous with the color red; the upright victor is bleeding from several gashes, and the losing fighter's body is striped with gore as bloody drops spray from multiple wounds on his arm and upper body.

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Officials with the Archaeological Park of Pompeii announced the find Oct. 11 on the park's website. The fresco was found on a wall in the ruins of an ancient tavern in Regio V, a zone in the northeastern part of Pompeii, park representatives reported.

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Regio V also holds a block of gladiators' barracks, and it's "very probable" that gladiators were frequent visitors to the tavern where the bloody fresco hung, Massimo Osanna, the park's director general, said in a statement.

Fresco - Gladiator - Left - Shield - Comparison

In the fresco, the gladiator on the left stands victorious, holding his shield high. By comparison, the loser is weak and staggering, holding up his left hand in a gesture imploring for mercy, according to the statement.

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