Ave Imperator!. Not mine, found on facebook.. lig" iti:. oii. t it .' itout save an FL-. Oh, and it was thumbs down means they live and thumbs up means dead, despite what people may say. There are records and such.
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Ave Imperator!

Not mine, found on facebook.

lig" iti:. oii. t it .' itout save an FL-
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#1 - anonymous (02/02/2013) [+] (7 replies)
Actually thumbs up meant the gladiator would be killed. A fist meant that he would survive. Have a nice day.
User avatar #4 to #3 - Ectheliun (02/03/2013) [-]
Thumbs up meant keep your sword out and finish him. Thumbs down meant sheathe your sword.
User avatar #17 - mrtwilightsparkle (02/03/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Oh, and it was thumbs down means they live and thumbs up means dead, despite what people may say. There are records and such.
User avatar #7 - deusinsanus ONLINE (02/03/2013) [-]
Since everyone is posting their favourite theory, I'll post mine.
When a gladiator won a fight, the person deciding the losers' fate could do two things. The first choice would be to give a thumbs up, which represented a drawn sword, meaning to take his life. A fist where the thumb is inbetween the hand and the fingers represented a sheathed sword, meaning to spare the loser.
User avatar #16 - mrtwilightsparkle (02/03/2013) [+] (3 replies)
Ave Imperator = Emperor by the Bird.

Nice try OP.
User avatar #22 to #16 - nilocrules (02/03/2013) [-]
He was using "ave", the imperative singular form of the verb avo "to hail"
Not the ablative singular from of the noun avis, meaning bird.
User avatar #12 - markowuzhere (02/03/2013) [-]
after reading the comments, watching ''Gladiator" will never be the same :(
#9 - kingofunnyjunk (02/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
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User avatar #8 - douevensax (02/03/2013) [-]
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User avatar #25 - vondarkmoor (02/03/2013) [-]
ave cezare morituri te salutant
#21 - crazylance (02/03/2013) [-]
mfw this picture is in my history book at school.
#20 - leyhoooo (02/03/2013) [-]
It still can, some places companys give something like 10 cent's to help people for every like they get.
It still can, some places companys give something like 10 cent's to help people for every like they get.
#11 - anonymous (02/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
False! It was a thumbs down that meant he should live. Do you even watch QI??
#6 - verycoolcat (02/03/2013) [-]
Theres several ideas on the matter.

However a notable one is the idea that the thumbs up was a version of slitting a persons throat. i.e. if you were to make a threat to kill someone... you would make a thumb and then run it across your neck however a gladiator couldn't see that motion from high up, so instead the hand displaying thumbs up was held high.

The thumbs down was a motion to drop your weapon as most gladiators were usually slaves and not allowed to keep their weapon with them once they had left the combat area.
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