Thursday, October 16, 2008
Italian archeologists have discovered the tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, the ancient Roman gladiator who became the main character of the movie “Gladiator,” played by Russell Crowe.
Daniela Rossi, the Rome archeologist who participated in the discovery of the monumental marble tomb said that the tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus included a large inscription bearing his name. According to Rossi, the discovery of Marcus Nonius Macrinus’s tomb is “the most important ancient Roman monument to come to light for twenty or thirty years.”
According to the news report, Marcus Nonius Macrinus, was born in Brescia in northern Italy. He was a general and consul who led military campaigns for Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor from 161 AD to 180 AD. He became part of the Emperor's inner circle and one of his favorite commanders, serving as proconsul in Asia.
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