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Twenty students from the University of Regensburg plan to live and train like Roman gladiators as part of a scientific research project this summer. The students will give up their usual fast food fare for the more traditional gladiator diet of berries and white beans. They'll also learn how to fight while wearing bronze armor, and showers, clean clothes or visits from a girlfriend won't be allowed during the project. From the article: "'We know hardly anything about the gladiators,' historian Josef Löffl said. 'There are a lot of myths and clichés attached.' Löffl and his colleagues plan to find out this August whether they can make modern young men into authentic gladiators following the Roman example."

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  • visits from a girlfriend won't be allowed during the project I take it, then, that all the volunteers are gay?
    • Re:WTF? (Score:5, Funny)

      by Monkeedude1212 (1560403) on Monday March 29, 2010 @02:28PM (#31660250) Journal

      Or single. Or sacrafices are made, its no different then a girlfriend going to Grad school and not seeing her for a year. This is just a summer.

      But, then again, Ancient Romans... err... well... You know how it is. When you live in a society that glorifies males as the superior sex, those kinds of things tend to happen. I wonder if these students will make a few discoveries this summer, and maybe not about history, but themselves.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by Ihmhi (1206036)

        Behold, the man! The gladiator! The greatest champion to ever fight in this Colosseum! HOMOEROTICUS!

      • by CODiNE (27417)

        Ya know I was going to post something insightful about "the color band" which was how they would pair up the soldiers in an actual gay relationship with the purpose of them falling in love. The idea being that in battle they would fight much harder to protect their partner.

        I was going to... but Wikipedia doesn't seem to have the cite I need and I'm NOT gonna go googling gay soldiers and color bands!

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by fyoder (857358)

      visits from a girlfriend won't be allowed during the project I take it, then, that all the volunteers are gay?

      Some maybe. The others will be receiving visits from wealthy senators' wives and nobility who bribe the keeper in order to get it on with a gladiator.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by iamhassi (659463)
      "I take it, then, that all the volunteers are gay?"

      these are 20 guys training to be Roman gladiators, are you sure you want to call them "gay"?
    • by RockDoctor (15477)

      WTF?

      visits from a girlfriend won't be allowed during the project

      I take it, then, that all the volunteers are gay?

      I'm not up on all of this week's acronymphomania. The WTF are a bunch of homosexual pseudo-wrestlers like the panda-molesters of the WWF and the preverts of the WWE ?
      (I take the acronyms from a South Park episode I saw a year or so back. I think.)

      Sneering at the "you grunt and I'll groan" brigade aside ... it sounds like it'll be an interesting piece of experimental archaeology.
      And the bragging r

    • visits from a girlfriend won't be allowed during the project

      Well, in ancient Rome the wealthy women came to have sex with gladiators because...well, largely because they could.

      Maybe there's a reason girlfriends aren't allowed. Maybe it's like an episode of Cougar Country.

  • umm? (Score:3, Funny)

    by qc_dk (734452) on Wednesday March 31, 2010 @07:46AM (#31685628)

    The students will give up their usual fast food fare for the more traditional gladiator diet of berries and white beans. They'll also learn how to fight while wearing bronze armor, and showers, clean clothes or visits from a girlfriend won't be allowed during the project.

    I'm a physics/computer science research assistant on a public grant, who does sabre fencing in his spare time. They can just come study me. I've been living like they describe for the last 5 years.

    Also, why no showers? Didn't they have baths back then?

    • by Bakkster (1529253)

      I'm a physics/computer science research assistant on a public grant, who does sabre fencing in his spare time. They can just come study me. I've been living like they describe for the last 5 years.

      Except for the "in his spare time" part, exactly as they describe :P

      And as a former fencer as well, since when is a cloth lamé equivalent to bronze armor?

      Also, why no showers? Didn't they have baths back then?

      Doesn't mean the gladiators themselves used them.

  • Isn't anyone concerned that this might get out of control, and go Milgram or Stanford Prison Experiment? Like, as in they really start to think that they are gladiators, and start killing each other to win their freedom. These experiments always seem to end in tears . . .

    . . . but maybe this is just part of the University of Regensburg admissions process . . . "You are a group of ten prospective gladiators. One of you will win an acceptance to the University. Fight well men, good luck, and Hail Cesar

  • It's not news until we get to watch them die like ancient Roman gladiators.
    • by Teancum (67324)

      I've seen some glorification of gladiators, but this really is an important point. Each time a gladiator stepped into The Colosseum (or other gladiatorial arena), they had a 50/50 chance of never seeing the next day. Well, usually as there were exceptions. Also it is important to remember that many gladiators were also slaves where their choice was to participate or die in a simple execution where their families would get killed with them. If they participated as a gladiator, their families would (or mi

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Fluffeh (1273756)

        Each time a gladiator stepped into The Colosseum (or other gladiatorial arena), they had a 50/50 chance of never seeing the next day.

        What utter rubbish. Learn some history. Gladiators were a very expensive commodity - especially the ones that made it to Rome. The whole "always fight to the death" concept is horribly wrong. A bought in the arena where a gladiator died was actually somewhat rare for the most part, short of a few incidents when emperors really wanted to wow the crowd. Did people get hurt and injured? Yes, did those injuries lead to death? Sometimes. Did gladiators actually kill one another on the arena floor? Rarely.

        • I don't know if I'd say rarely. I seem to recall that it was about a 1 in 8 chance of dying each time. And near the end, a majority of the gladiators were actually freemen who signed away their citizenship for a few years to be a gladiator and have a chance at wealth.
  • Pffff, what did the Romans ever do for us?
  • could this happen. Haven't they heard of SCA? Wouldn't that work just as well?

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