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  1. Back in the first century, the Emperor Nero watched the gladiatorial games using an emerald magnifying lens as a corrective.

  2. Roman Emperor Claudius once fought and killed a killer whale trapped in an artificial harbor during the gladiatorial games

  3. During gladiatorial games in Ancient Rome, 'thumbs up' probably signaled killing the gladiator while a thumb within a closed fist meant sparing their life.

  4. Our idea of the thumbs up/down gestures from Roman gladiatorial games come from a 19th century painting.

  5. Ancient Romans came up with a bloodier, maritime version of gladiatorial games: 'naumachiae'. These were naval battles staged in artificial lakes or water-filled amphitheaters, often involving thousands of prisoners of war fighting to death.

  6. Archeologists in Mexico recently announced the discovery of the first temple devoted to Xipe Totec, the Flayed God. Built between the 11th-13th centuries AD, the site features sculptures of the god wearing human skins and evidence of mock gladiatorial games for human sacrifice.

  7. Archeologists in Mexico recently announced the discovery of the first temple devoted to Xipe Totec, the Flayed God. Built between the 11th-13th centuries AD, the site features sculptures of the god wearing human skins and evidence of mock gladiatorial games for human sacrifice.