A number of studies have found evidence in the graves of gladiators. They mainly eat beans, but this does not make them Apollonia athletes.
At first, being a gladiator was a notorious profession. They were slaves, and the interest in them was nothing more than watching them fight for their lives in the circus. However, in a war society like Rome, gladiators gradually gained charm until they became true stars.
It is not entirely correct that they must fight for death (Gladiators are expensive, and even more so if they are okay). Nevertheless, their struggle still requires preparations similar to those of today’s elite athletes: Hermes, Celadio, Arc de Triomphe or Spartacus. Are they really ready for the fight? If so, what did they eat to increase their physical strength?
A kind Research conducted by the Faculty of Forensic Medicine at the University of ViennaAn article published in the PlosOne magazine confirmed that the Roman Gladiator was a vegetarian. In addition, they supplement their diet by drinking beverages made from plant ash at the end of the exercise, thereby providing them with minerals.
The study analyzed 53 bodies buried in the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, of which 22 were buried as gladiators. C., from the ancient Ephesus Cemetery in Turkey today.
The purpose of the research is to find out “the diet, social stratification and migration movement of Ephesus citizens and different gladiators”.
Through spectroscopic studies, scientists measured the amount of collagen in the blood and the ratio of strontium to calcium in bone minerals. They infer from all these inferences that the diets of gladiators are low in animal fat and high in grains and legumes.
Investigation director Fabian Kanz pointed out that gladiators are called “hordearii” (bean eaters) in certain historical sources. One possible cause of nitrogen consumption in Ephesus bones is the frequent consumption of legumes.
The research revealed other interesting facts. The relationship between calcium and strontium in bones confirms that gladiators often drink plant ash beverages, as described in ancient literature, as mineral supplements. The bone density of gladiators is also higher than that of other human remains at the time, as is the case with modern athletes.
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However, their bodies have nothing to do with the bodies of Kirk Douglas or Russell Crowe. The authors of the study believe that gladiators deliberately seek to gain weight to cultivate a layer of fat, “which will protect their vital organs from fierce attacks by opponents.”
Logically, if the sword must pass a foot of grease first, the lunge is less likely to be fatal.
In addition, gladiators are slaves, and their masters are unlikely to feed them meat because meat is expensive. The problem with grains and legumes is that they need a lot of protein to get a lot of protein, which is essential for building muscle, and for gladiators, this is actually a matter of life and death.
However, just like today’s sumo wrestlers (who mainly eat rice), there is also a large amount of protective fat in the muscles.
One thing is certain: after a communal Jewish dinner, sleeping in the gladiator barracks must be more troublesome than the battle itself.