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Roman Empire

Priscus and Verus were two gladiatorial rivals so evenly matched, that their fight lasted for hours. Eventually, both of them conceded their defeat to each other. Seeing their amazing skill and spirit, the roman emperor Titus awarded them with the rudis, and these slave fighters walked out of the arena as free men.

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The story that Caligula made his favourite horse, Incitatus, a consul.

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The ancient evidence mentions a plan for making Incitatus consul. The office of consul was the highest magistracy in the Roman Republic. Under the empire, the position still existed, though it was primarily an honorific office, which emperors used to reward loyal senators. On the subject of Caligula’s horse, the ancient sources are unambiguous in their testimony: he was not made a consul.

The Roman biographer Suetonius (c. AD 69 – after AD 122) report that the emperor lavished gifts upon Incitatus, equipping him with a marble stall, ivory manger, purple blankets, luxurious furniture, and his own slaves.

The story therefore probably owes its origin to an off-hand remark made by Caligula that he would make Incitatus a consul (though he never followed through with it).
 
"This discovery of the skull impaled with a large spike dates back to the Roman era, around the 1st or 2nd century AD. The skull was found in a cemetery near the ancient Roman city of Bonn, which was known as "Bonna" in Roman times. The cemetery was discovered during excavations carried out in the 1980s and 1990s, and it contained the remains of over 250 individuals".

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"The discovery of the skull impaled with a spike was initially thought to be an execution, as it was a common practice during the Roman era to execute criminals in this way. However, further investigation revealed that the individual was not a criminal but rather a soldier, maybe by a treason, murder or desertion".
 
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