To those about to die
The Way of the Gladiator by Daniel P. MannixHail Caesar, we who are about to dic salute you! And die the gladiators did. In a vast marble Colosseum larger than the Yankee Stadium, the people of Rome, patrician and commoner, flocked to see gladiators mangled beneath the hoofs and wheels of horses and chariots, slaughtered by half-starved wild beasts and butchered by well-armed and armoured professionals. With the Empire in decline, death and torture became the only spectacles that satisfied the decadent Romans longing. The Emperor Trajan gave one set of games that lasted 122 days; at its end, 11 000 people and 10 000 animals had been killed. The people of Rome loved it- and they wanted more. This is the extraordinary and true account of the Roman Games and the gladiators who fought and died in the cruelest, costliest spectacles of all time!
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The Roman Salute Morituri te salutant
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Origins of the phrase: "Those who are about to die salute you."
Despite its popularization in later times, the phrase is not recorded elsewhere in Roman history. Historians question whether it was ever used as a customary salute. It was more likely an isolated appeal by desperate captives and criminals condemned to die, and noted by Roman historians in part for the unusual mass reprieve granted by Claudius to the survivors. The source material comes from the works of three Roman historians, who were all born after the events of 52 AD. Suetonius c. Tacitus c. The same incident is described in the writings of Cassius Dio, a Roman consul and historian who wrote in Greek.