Amber Roman Gladiator’s Amulet

Amber gladiator amulet

Amber amulet in the shape of a gladiator’s helmet.

Amber was an expensive imported material and was thought to have magical powers.

The Roman author Pliny describes how amber amulets could protect children from illness and the symbolism of the gladiator may also be protective.

Via Current Archaeology.

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I design video games for a living, write fiction, political theory and poetry for personal amusement, and train regularly in Western European 16th century swordwork. On frequent occasion I have been known to hunt for and explore abandoned graveyards, train tunnels and other interesting places wherever I may find them, but there is absolutely no truth to the rumor that I am preparing to set off a zombie apocalypse. Nothing that will stand up in court, at least. I use paranthesis with distressing frequency, have a deep passion for history, anthropology and sociological theory, and really, really, really hate mayonnaise. But I wash my hands after the writing. Promise.

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