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Vegetarian diet of gladiators

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Gladiator helmet
Gladiator helmet

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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