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Death of a gladiator.  1773. Jean Simon Berthelemy. French. 1743-1811. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

Death of a gladiator. 1773. Jean Simon Berthelemy. French. 1743-1811. http://hadrian6.tumblr.com

Dagger and pair of bronze gladiator's greaves (leg guards) from Pompeii decorated with relief of Jupiter (left) and Neptune (right), Gladiators – Death and Triumph at the Colosseum exhibition, Museum und Park Kalkriese

Dagger and pair of bronze gladiator's greaves (leg guards) from Pompeii decorated with relief of Jupiter (left) and Neptune (right), Gladiators – Death and Triumph at the Colosseum exhibition, Museum und Park Kalkriese

Mosaic two gladiators in close combat. They can be identified as a murmillo (left: one greave, helmet's crest) and a thraex (right: high greaves). The man to the left has taken a backhanded draw-cut to the back of the thigh as a result. Blood is falling down and he will soon die a painful death, unless he receives a coup de grâce. Villa Dar Buc Ammera: Roman villa near Lepcis Magna, Libya, famous for its mosaics, which are to be seen today in the Archaeological Museum of Tripoli.

Mosaic two gladiators in close combat. They can be identified as a murmillo (left: one greave, helmet's crest) and a thraex (right: high greaves). The man to the left has taken a backhanded draw-cut to the back of the thigh as a result. Blood is falling down and he will soon die a painful death, unless he receives a coup de grâce. Villa Dar Buc Ammera: Roman villa near Lepcis Magna, Libya, famous for its mosaics, which are to be seen today in the Archaeological Museum of Tripoli.

Helmet of a Thracian GladiatorTroisième quart du Ier siècle ap. J.-C.Found in the gladiators' barracks at Pompei, Campagna, southern Italy

Helmet of a Thracian GladiatorTroisième quart du Ier siècle ap. J.-C.Found in the gladiators' barracks at Pompei, Campagna, southern Italy

Dance of Death Anonymous, German, 16th Century, pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, watercolour and gouache, with touches of gold

Dance of Death Anonymous, German, 16th Century, pen and brown ink, brush and brown ink, watercolour and gouache, with touches of gold

"Symposium" - from Pompeii, House of Joseph II - Naples, Archaeological Museum | This takes place in a colonnaded room and has been wrongly identified as the "Death of Sophonisba". The woman raises a silver cup, and leans on the shoulder of her companion, who - like her - wear a garland; servants carry trays full of fruit and help the guests.

"Symposium" - from Pompeii, House of Joseph II - Naples, Archaeological Museum | This takes place in a colonnaded room and has been wrongly identified as the "Death of Sophonisba". The woman raises a silver cup, and leans on the shoulder of her companion, who - like her - wear a garland; servants carry trays full of fruit and help the guests.

Fragment of the face of a queen, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 B.C.  Egypt; yellow jasper  (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Fragment of the face of a queen, New Kingdom, Amarna Period, Dynasty 18, reign of Akhenaten, ca. 1353–1336 B.C. Egypt; yellow jasper (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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