An Ancient Roman Celebrity

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by James Blake Wiener
published on 30 March 2012
The name "Lucius Septimius Flavianus Flavillianus," probably does not mean anything to you but it certainly did to the inhabitants of Oinoanda, a Roman city located in present-day southwest Turkey, around the year 200 CE. A recent translation from Greek reveals that he was something of a superstar in the world of sports; apparently, Flavillianus excelled in wrestling and pankration. Aside from being a star athlete and local hero, Flavillianus was also a recruiter for the Imperial Roman army. Please click here to read this unusual but entertaining news piece from Live Science.
Posted by James Blake Wiener on March 30, 2012, 20:18.

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