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Roman Lamp

Terracotta oil lamp from Italy, 1st century AD, with the design of a gladiator, seen from behind.


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Date: August 8, 2006
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Awesome! I want one of those!!! What a thing to have for a collection!!!

#1 August 8, 2006 5:43pm


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Impressive lamp, rare and interesting subject, excellent preservation!

#2 August 8, 2006 6:13pm


Very nice. I particularly like the pose. I suspect that gladiator motifs are quite uncommon. I can't quite make out what is in the gladiator's right hand. Is that a chain or a sword? Jeff
#3 August 9, 2006 12:23am


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Simply amazing! I would LOVE to have that in my collection! Smile
Always looking for nice coins of the Severans, Gordian III, Gallienus, and the Gallo-Romans!
#4 August 9, 2006 3:05am


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Thank you all for the comments. Jeff, I think what you see near the gladiator's right hand (from wrist to elbow) is the manica, or arm guard. This was made of iron or bronze, with curved and overlapping metal segments or plates, fastened over leather straps. They were part of the standard accoutrement of "Thraeces," or Thracian-type gladiators (along with a loincloth and belt, a pair of thigh-length greaves, and a wide-brimmed helmet, which could be decorated with a plume). For defense, they carried a small round or square-shaped shield (parmula), and for offense, a short curved sword, a little over a foot in length, of a type popular in the province of Thrace. They were typically paired against gladiators called "Myrmillionis" (Fish Men), so-named from a stylized fish that decorated the crest of their helmets.
William Joy
#5 February 7, 2011 6:14pm

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