If it wasn’t coming from the Discovery Channel, I’d be inclined to think this story was fake. Actually, I’m still inclined to think it’s fake. They’re saying that in Britain they found a piece of Roman pottery depicting a gladiator in a g-string, holding a whip.
The image represents the first known depiction of a gladiator in such revealing attire. It adds to the evidence that ancient Romans viewed gladiators not only as fearless warriors, but also as sex symbols.
See, now all your Russell Crowe fantasies are historically justified.