“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the North, general of the Felix Legions, and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius….”

If you are a fan of gladiators, the Colloseum, or great movies, you probably know the above quote from the movie Gladiator by heart. Speaking of gladiators, check out this 2,000 year-old gladiator helmet that survived the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius:

Curators unveil a 2,000-year-old gladiator helmet from Pompeii as a preview for an exhibition at the Melbourne Museum

This style of helmet, characterized by the high crest on the top, would have been worn by a ‘murmillo‘. He would also sport a loincloth, shinguards, an arm protector for his right arm, and the shield of the Roman legionary. Armed with the ‘gladius’ as well (the short sword of the Roman legionary), he was a formidable opponent.

The murmillo was known to fight another recognizable gladiator: the net fighter. The lightly armed and fast net fighter versus the heavily armed but slow murmillo. And the winner is?


Off to watch Gladiator now!


Twitter: Communicating Locally and Globally

Twitter? yes, Twitter.

Twitter is generally viewed as an irrelevant social media outlet, most often utilized by young (mostly female) adults and teens. With a 140 character limit what purpose could it serve beyond posting truncated personal thoughts about the game last night, and the like?

At one time, I would have agreed with you. But then I realized the potential of Twitter for successful social (and yes, professional) communication. Let’s check out why Twitter can be a powerful communication tool:

  • Global Scale: Okay, so it’s big. What’s my point? Twitter gives the ability to connect globally with friends, family, and colleagues. But Twitter isn’t merely social. More and more business owners, entrepreneurs, and celebrities are turning to Twitter to connect with the world.
  • Connecting: Twitter is a powerful tool for connecting globally and locally; use it to connect with professionals and experts.
  • Communication: With the traditional ‘tweet’ and direct messaging, you can share your thoughts, ideas, pictures, videos, links, and posts to the world!

So, stop thinking of Twitter as useless, and start viewing it as it is: a powerful instrument of communication, even in the field of Greek and Roman studies.