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The soulder gard of retiarius from Pompei

ref. : en.787.2013 | 9 May 2013 | by Francis Leveque
objets divers | Ier century AD
Pompei, Campanie ( Italie )
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The (retiarius) is a type of light gladiator whose name derives from the Latin word retium, which means the net.

He fights in the arena as a fisherman with a net, a trident, a dagger, protected by ankle and shoulder but bareheaded.

This shoulder bronze was found in the apartment of a gladiator small palaestra near the theater of Pompeii (quadriporticus).

It represents maritime elements (crab, anchor, trident, rudder, dolphin) and Hercules inset.


Bibliography :

  • B. McManus, “Stories from an Eruption” exhibit , 2003