The gladiator’s diet was mostly vegetarian by today’s standards. The basis of the diet was broad beans and grains, from which even the colloquial term for gladiators comes from – hordearii, meaning “barley”. This diet was rich in carbohydrates.
They were fed a pulp called sagina made of beans and oats. After the fights, gladiators also drank special toning drinks made with ash.
Robert Knapp, Invisible Romans, str. 265-289
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