Firstly, Seth Augenstein published an article titled “Decapitated Skeletons Likely Those of Roman Gladiators”. This article discusses the mystery of many decapitated skeletons that were found in a British mansion garden. Using isotopes left in the bones, archaeologists and osteoarchaeologists could determine the age of the bones as well as the origin which helps many scientists understand the population growth and immigration. Per the article, the skeletons were all male, younger than 45 years old and were taller than average. Similarly, this is like the modern military because many military branches have a height, weight, and age requirements. This article relates to Chapter 5 in the book in the way that it suggests that the gladiators may have participated in a battle or a staged naval battle brought on by wealthy tycoon. Many gladiators died during these battles or games, which is suggested by the article. Gladiators were known for their strength and viciousness during battle. However, if these skeletons are indeed that of the gladiators, then there may have been an army out there that was mu...
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...sumed that they were being punished for something because they were being sent away.
Each of these articles are on different subjects but they do have one thing in common. I picked these articles because I found the titles interesting but also because they went into more context about things from Early Western Civilizations that I have found very interesting but also needed some more in depth information on. Each article outlines a chapter that I felt comfortable in but I needed a little extra information to really explain it and make it connect to the modern era. I tend to learn much better when I find things that relate to my interests or to the present. Each article also puts a new prospective on things such as technology, medicines, and the differences in parenting methods. The articles show how far these ideas have come but also how much further they must go.
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