10 Insane Facts About Emperor Commodus Left Out Of ‘Gladiator’

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10 Insane Facts About Emperor Commodus Left Out Of ‘Gladiator’10 Insane Facts About Emperor Commodus Left Out Of ‘Gladiator’

Normally, when historical figures show up in movies, they’re exaggerated. Desperate to keep fiction more fantastic than life, filmmakers have to take all the complexity out and turn them into mad, cartoonish caricatures of real human beings. Usually, anyway. Emperor Commodus, though, is the exception to the rule. When the creators of the movie G

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Top 10 Little-Known But Fascinating Roman Emperors

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Top 10 Little-Known But Fascinating Roman EmperorsTop 10 Little-Known But Fascinating Roman Emperors

The Roman Empire was one of the greatest civilizations ever established. Lasting over 1,000 years, they dominated the ancient Mediterranean. Roman laws and culture have had a lasting impact on the world around us that is deeply felt even today. The history of the empire was also well-documented compared to the Dark Ages that followed—but

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Top 10 Recent Ancient Finds That Are Surprisingly Large

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The ever-prolific field of archaeology continuously churns out new and significant discoveries. When you imagine such finds, perhaps you envision scientists down in the dirt, using small brushes to uncover tiny bone fragments or shards of pottery. Such seemingly insignificant bits can, of course, rewrite history. Archaeologists have been

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10 Crazy Things Patron Saints Can Protect You From

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The Roman Catholic Church keeps records of thousands of deceased persons it has recognized as saints—people whose presence in Heaven it considers verified. Given these saints’ lofty stature, their help (or intercession) is often invoked by Catholics on Earth to petition God for help with particular issues. The issues for which they are i

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