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Well due to the tattoo on his arm they thought he was a deserter and he refused to give them any information about himself to explain otherwise. Any historical inaccuracy at this level of detail should probably be written off as a convenience of the story telling (like the flaming ballista bolts in the opening sequence etc.). Even if it could be definitely ...


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Rather than quoting from serious academic articles, I'm going to use some simple educational websites. The History Learning Site states: Who were slaves? They were people who were frequently captured in battle and sent back to Rome to be sold. However, abandoned children could also be brought up as slaves. The law also stated that fathers could ...


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IIRC, he was found, half-dead, by a slave trader and sold into slavery. By the time he was discovered to be a free man, he was too valuable to his owner because he had already gained notoriety as a Gladiator. I believe by that point he enjoyed the spoils and adulation a winning Gladiator received, and since his wife and son were already dead he has nothing ...



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