Were gladiators vegetarian?


Analysing gladiators’ bones in Ephesus, Turkey, some scientists found high rate of strontium (that can be found in vegetal proteins given by vegetables, milk and grains) and low percentage of zinc (common of animal proteins). Karl Großschmidt, an Austrian doctor, highlighted the fact that, from an overall perspective of this data, gladiators were assorted-grains-1.jpgnearly vegetarian. He concluded that Romans had already understood that eating vegetables is a key – fact for gladiators, because of their properties: for instance healing wounds faster and strengtening bones. Gladiators were in fact called hordearii, barley’s eater.


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