ahh rome. .. Common misconception. The emporer had the final word, and a thumbs down meant life.
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User avatar #1 - agrofenlas (10/04/2013) [+] (21 replies)
Common misconception. The emporer had the final word, and a thumbs down meant life.
#16 - erpetrich (10/04/2013) [-]
as a guy from Rome, I can assure you that this is still true, but with more touristsc
as a guy from Rome, I can assure you that this is still true, but with more touristsc
User avatar #40 - enkmaster ONLINE (10/04/2013) [+] (6 replies)
Fun Fact: The majority of professional gladiator fights, especially the big important ones, weren't fatal. After all, whats the point of spending a small fortune to train your fighters when they could very well die in their first show?
#12 - mistafishy (10/04/2013) [+] (7 replies)
Grumio approves.
#77 - ilovetexas (10/05/2013) [+] (6 replies)
**ilovetexas rolls 43**
#50 - killerblue (10/04/2013) [-]
I demand entertainment
#28 - aceboy (10/04/2013) [+] (4 replies)
AAAAAAaaaaaaannnnnnndd my wallpaper collection
#92 - asasqw (10/05/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Funnyjunk, the only site where a thumb decides your fate
Funnyjunk, the only site where a thumb decides your fate
User avatar #88 - SteyrAUG ONLINE (10/05/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Well, when the gladiator looked up to the emperor for approval, the thumbs up meant "Go ahead and kill him" and the thumbs down meant "Spare his worthless ass"

So yeah, likes didn't save anyone's life back then either.
#20 - phantomi (10/04/2013) [+] (13 replies)
You are wrong...

A thumb enclosed in your fist, representing a sheathed sword...
also this was not seceded by the emperor but by the publicist who was currently throwing the match, remember gladiators were worth a lot of money (training, weapons etc...) so it was very rare for a gladiator to die in combat (at least the trained ones... there were others known as noxii who went straight to the arena to fight to the death.)

So remember children a Gladiator fight would hardly ever end in death but an untrained fight probably would.
#29 to #20 - icametocomment (10/04/2013) [-]
I know that guy's face from somewhere...
User avatar #17 - heroofkvatch ONLINE (10/04/2013) [+] (22 replies)
the "thumbs up" was actually a thumb to the throat.

a thumb down meant "drop you weapon"
#82 - anonymous (10/05/2013) [-]
DISLIKE button killed so many people it had to be removed
User avatar #74 - Loppytaffy (10/05/2013) [-]
Actually, that crowd is indicating that they want him to spare the life.
User avatar #66 - jlew (10/04/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Like this status if you love your grandma.
Ignore if you want her to DIE OF BETIES!
#38 - creepyunclebob (10/04/2013) [-]
I counted 7 different opinions below on what thumbs up actually meant.
#31 - anonymous (10/04/2013) [-]
Actually, a thumb represented a sword, and a fist meant sparing the life.
#30 - lolfire (10/04/2013) [+] (3 replies)
They held their thumb to the side to spare a life.
Thumbs up meant "kill them"
Thumbs down meant "don't kill them but I'll have them killed later"
User avatar #22 - teoferrazzi (10/04/2013) [-]
those were the days.. they had the dislike button
User avatar #14 - liftplus ONLINE (10/04/2013) [-]
you can never save a life only post pone their death
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