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Gladiators enjoyed great popularity

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Roman mosaic showing fight of gladiators
Mosaic showing the fight of gladiators

Gladiators were extremely popular and therefore popular with women. There was even a situation when sweat of Roman gladiators were mixed with dirt and olive oil scraped from the skin with a special tool strigil and then sold in vials as aphrodisiac.

In addition, women thought that it had a positive effect on skin and beauty and eliminates some ailments in the form of ointments.

It is worth mentioning that the free time warriors satisfied their sexual desires. They did not have to look specifically for their chosen women, because many wealthy women paid a lot just to be able to spend an amazing night with a great gladiator. In Rome, among women there was an ideal of a strong and brave man, which gladiators fully personified.

  • Grant Michael, Gladiatorzy, 1980

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