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Picture: © gloria.tv, CC BY-ND, #newsSvmdxwgghg
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Anyone else whose first mental image was this?
Eva
What is this? (interesting)
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@Eva Since you've always posted a huge amount of fantastic content, I'm only too happy to supply something hopefully interesting in return. *ehem*

This is a rudis. A rudis was a wooden sword traditionally given to Roman gladiators if they managed to earn their freedom. This particular rudis is a prop from the TV series "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena". In the TV series, it was given to the …More
@Eva Since you've always posted a huge amount of fantastic content, I'm only too happy to supply something hopefully interesting in return. *ehem*

This is a rudis. A rudis was a wooden sword traditionally given to Roman gladiators if they managed to earn their freedom. This particular rudis is a prop from the TV series "Spartacus: Gods Of The Arena". In the TV series, it was given to the gladiator Gannicus after he won his freedom through an especially impressive series of victories in the arena.

As it turns out, the inscription on the prop was carefully researched but, in spite of that, still managed to include one notable error. As near as I can tell, the inscription consists of a list of the gladiators Gannicus defeated. Some of the names have a Greek symbol after them which looks like a zero incl. a diagonal line that goes through it. It's the Greek letter "Theta" and stands for "Thanatos" == Death. Most likely those are gladiators Gannicus killed in combat.

That symbol often appears next to dead gladiators on mosaics. Witness the unfortunate "RODAN" and "ASTIVUS" whose deaths were immortalized in the Roman Villa Borghese some time in the 4th century AD. The other names on the rudis without that symbol after their name were defeated too but probably survived the event.

"MAP TAP EITH E+" in the third line up there is where the prop manufacturer dropped the ball. They took it straight from this mosaic:

Just one problem... The provenance is good. It's a floor mosaic from what archeologists call "the house of gladiators" on Kourion, Cyprus.

..and that is also where the problem arises. "MAP TAP EITH E+" in the third line isn't Latin. It's ancient Greek. That letter in the middle of the word is not a "T", it's a Greek "Gamma". It appears notably in the abbreviated title for "Archangel Gabriel" on the icon for Our Lady Of Perpetual Help. The infant Christ looks at the Archangel Gabriel who, in this depiction is wearing a brownish maroon robe. Archangel Gabriel's Gamma appears at the end.

So technically, the Greek Gamma should be a proper "G" in Latin. Likewise, the last letter is not an "E", it's obviously a greek "S" (final form). In Greek the letters read: MARGAREITIS.

It's an ancient male form of "Margret". In Latin (and in Greek) the female form would be "MARGARETA"; the male form is thus "MARGAREITIS". So that's the name of the Greek gladiator on the mosaic. It also shows the prop manufacturers "know no Greek" as the ancient Romans used to derisively say.

Since the Spartacus TV show popularized the concept, some people are trying to invent "a new tradition" of giving a rudis to retiring American military personnel. There's a huge problem with this. Gladiators were slaves and considered little better than animals in the Roman world. They were slaughtered for public amusement in such numbers, the carnage became immortalized in the phrase "a Roman holiday".

Modern military personnel are volunteers. They choose to defend their country. There is no comparison between a free man's choice and a slave's bondage.

This "new tradition" is one of the tackiest, most historically ignorant things American military culture has seen in a long, long time. Truly, it's the sort of macho anachronistic stupidity that, sorry to say, has rightly earned us the title Murricans and the amused contempt of the rest of the world.

The worst irony is that even the ancient Romans had more sense. When a Roman legionary retired and was honorably discharged, he was given a bronze plaque, a "diploma" almost identical to modern recognition plaques given in professional circles between grown-ups, not little boys in grown men's bodies who don't know their history and probably wouldn't care even if they did. A plaque is dignified but a rudis is just sooo macho, eh?

As a post-script, my concern for scandal compels me to write this. 1.) Do not watch any of the Starz Spartacus TV series. 2.) Do not allow your children, even if they're "grown up" to watch it. 3.) Strenuously discourage other Catholics from watching it as well or allowing their children to do so.

The entire series is positively dripping with full male and female frontal nudity, simulated intercourse of every possible variety, rape, sexual torture, and so on. If all that wasn't enough, like so much of modern television it also depicts homosexuality as "normal" and positive.
Eva
Very interesting. Thanks! (never heard about this)
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Ahem............ his name is Bergoglio, Saint Francis would not allow a Pachama Monstrance
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No, his Papal name is Francis. The saint already allowed one talking mule, he can easily allow another. ;-)
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Francis, a 'pope' for the perishing