GOOD TO BE FAT Apart from all the veggies gladiators consumed a lot of fat - the idea being that if a weapon struck, it would have to get through fat layers before reaching vital organs.
DYING YOUNG Due to intense and strenuous training, young gladiators' bones could become deformed, which would lead to early deaths through easy breakage and other problems.
MUSCLE PREP Gladiators believed that an unction made from onions would reinforce and stimulate the muscles if rubbed on the body. We imagine that it just made them smell of onions.
DEM BONES Gladiators would take powders of bone ash and carbonised wood in the belief that it would reinforce the bones, but instead, this awful mixture rotted the teeth.
COMMON INJURIES According to findings at a grave site in Turkey, gladiators died mostly from head wounds rather than bodily injuries.
MEDICINAL HERBS In 2012 the following seed varieties were discovered under the arena of the Coliseum in the gladiators' quarters: coriander (for headaches), nettle (for diarrhoea), finochietto (anti-inflammatory), cumin & aniseed (digestive), sesame (for circulation and to help with general aches and pains).
GLADIATOR BLOOD Gladiator blood was believed to have healing properties. At the end of a combat whenever there were fatalities the blood would be drained and sold for a high price: mostly for curing epilepsy!
THE DIET Largely vegetarian: vegetables, legumes, cereals, gladiators were mockingly (or perhaps jokingly) referred to as "Barley-eaters" (Hordearii).
SEX & LOVE Gladiators were often the object of desire for noble women. One such woman - Eppia - left her husband (a senator) to run away with a gladiator.