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Spiculus - The best Gladiator in history?

June 15, 2018

History unfolds that Spiculus came from Africa as a slave and was sold to a Lanista for grooming as a gladiator.

We know that some of the more famous gladiators were on personal, if not intimate terms  terms with their respective emperors. In the case of Spiculus, the gladiator held a close relationship with the Emperor Nero to the point that Spiculus received star treatment, including wealth and property granted to him by his ruler.

During his overthrow in 68 AD, Nero reportedly asked for Spiculus to kill him, as an alternative to his eventual fate of taking his own life under duress from the praetorian guard.

It is unknown as to how many wreaths, Spiculus received so it is hard to grade him on that fact alone.

In the second book of the series, The Rise of the Bull, Marcus Attilius takes on and defeats both Hilarius, a twelve wreath champion and Racius Felix, a four wreath champion in the same year.

 

 

 

 

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