Thursday, October 16, 2008
THE "Gladiator's" Tomb Discovered
Archaeologists have discovered what they to believe to be the tomb of the man who inspired the movie Gladiator (which was really just a remake of the movie The Fall of the Roman Empire starring Sophia Loren, James Mason, Christopher Plummer, Alec Guiness and Omar Sharif!). An inscription on the tomb reveals that the monument belonged to Marcus Nonius Macrinus, one of the emperor Marcus Aurelius' generals. The tomb's location along the banks of the Tiber has made major restoration possible, as mud from centuries of the river's floods has preserved almost every piece of the marble structure. Read more about the excavation on Discovery News.com.