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Lonnie wrote:Further to Leland's point, gladiators had a layer of fat on them to not only protect their organs from spilling out but for the theatrics; cut through the skin and you get a lot of blood but that fat layer keeps the cut from doing much damage to the property (which most gladiators were). The Romans wanted blood but not necessarily death and the owner of a gladiator stable certainly didn't want his prize fighters too debilitated to fight at next week's games; it cost them too much in training, feed and upkeep just to have these guys die. Of course accidents did happen. I think of it like WWF wrestling but with swords and other pointy/slashy things.
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