If the editor wished, he could order the fight to last until "the finger. Again, it was up to the editor to grant it. The editor could also choose a game without dismissal sine remissione , where fighting lasted until one combatant died.
Augustus may have forbidden this version of the game, but if so, the prohibition was short-lived. When a gladiator went down, cries of Habet, Hoc habet! He's had it! Let him go! Kill him! If able, the wounded gladiator would lay down his shield and raise his left hand to plea for mercy, which the crowd signified either by extending their thumbs up or down pollice verso , turning the thumb upwards and jabbing it toward the heart pollicem vertere also was a sign of disapproval, and approval indicated by pressing the thumb and forefinger together pollicem premere.
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The image shows an editor's gesture signifying that the gladiator should be killed is not exactly thumbs down, but thumbs turned. Christopher S. MacKay says the thumb motion represents the plying of a sword. The editor might also call out, "Cut his throat.
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Death was not the inevitable result of gladiatorial combat. The famous Morituri te salutant Those who are about to die salute you was said once to Emperor Claudius on the occasion of a staged naval battle, not gladiatorial combat.
As for thumbs up, there appears to be no evidence for it—or at least, if it was used, it probably meant death, not mercy. A waving handkerchief also signified mercy, and graffiti indicates the shouting of the words "dismissed" also worked. Honor was crucial to the gladiatorial games and the audiences expected the loser to be valiant even in death.
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The honorable way to die was for the losing gladiator to grasp the thigh of the victor who would then hold the loser's head or helmet and plunge a sword into his neck. Despite his unusual personal tastes, Commodus at first behaved more like a typical spoiled, rich youth than a bloody dictator. In fact, the rule of Commodus might have gone down as quite unremarkable in the history of Rome were it not for one unfortunate incident. In A. Whatever its roots, the conspiracy failed and the incident aroused an insane paranoia in Commodus, who began seeing plots and treachery everywhere.
However, even these favorites were not safe from his fury.
The first, Sextus Tigidius Perennis, Commodus put to death after becoming convinced he was conspiring against him. Wikimedia Commons Commodus. As disgusted as the senators were by the sight of their emperor running around half-naked in the sands of the amphitheater, they were too terrified to do anything but play along. The megalomania of Commodus was not limited to the Colosseum. He also declared himself to be an incarnation of the god Hercules and forced the senate to recognize his divinity. Statues were erected of the emperor depicted as the mythological hero all over the city, including one made of solid gold and weighing in at nearly 1, pounds.
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Wikimedia Commons An illustration of the murder of Commmodus. By A. The first attempt used poisoned meat, but Commodus vomited it up. Yet another attempt on his life had been foiled, but the conspirators did not lose their nerve.
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They then sent in an athlete to strangle the year old emperor in his bath. It worked and the Nerva-Antonine dynasty which had ruled Rome for nearly a century had come to an end and the city soon descended into civil war. Commodus ruled with chaos and left chaos in his wake.
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