For the first time in modern history, a graveyard for gladiators has been discovered in Ephesus, Turkey, the ancient capital of the Roman province of Asia.
Professors Karl Grossschmidt and Fabian Kanz, pathologists at the University of Vienna, have spent the last five years unearthing and forensically cataloguing 67 skeletons in terms of age, injury, and cause of death.
By analyzing bones and injuries, Grossschmidt and Kanz were able provide new insight into intruiging myths and legends surrounding these infamous and celebrated warriors.
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The island of Atlantis was first described by Plato in his dialogues Timaeus and Critias, as lying "beyond the Pillars of Heracles." Atlantis was a naval power which conquered parts of western Europe and Africa 9000 years before Plato—approximately 9400 BC. After a failed attempt to invade Athens, ancient legends say that Atlantis sank into the ocean "in a single day and night of misfortune."
The legend of Atlantis, the country that disappeared under the sea, may be more than just a myth. Recent research reported by the BBC suggests that Europe's earliest civilisation on the Greek island of Crete was destroyed by a giant tsunami.
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