Actually, a thumbs down meant life, thumbs up meant death.
@Praetor, hate to be this guy but... it doesnt mention thumb direction, it just 'a like' also there doesnt seem to be any for sure evidence on the thumb direction to indicate it, maybe different arenas different rules.
@Praetor, actually we have no idea what way the thumb turned, all we know is it was "a turning of the thumb"
@Brazz, I hate to be this other guy but most gladiators weren't killed if they lost. They were basically sports stars, and when they were injured they were taken to hospitals so they could do there next performance. Very rarely did the say "just kill the guy while he's down"
@Wilfred Warfstache, makes sense, it was there enertainment so they didnt really want to kill them off, just pay to see good fight.
@Praetor, common misconception, indeed. The thumb would first be in a neutral position; turning the thumb down would mean bringing the blade down, turning the thumb up meant they could choose how they died, while leaving it in the neutral position meant they could live.
@Praetor, No, even that is a common misconception, thumbs down meant death as the the thumb represented a blade and the motion of giving a thumbs down was supposed to resemble stabbing the person on the ground. There was no thumbs up, instead if one would want the gladiator to live, they would put their thumb within their fist to represent a sword back in its sheath/ scabbard
The first Spartacus was the shjt.
@Thunder Hole, truuuuueeeeeee
I'm not sure what this is but that guy's helmet/diaper combo looks like what I'd wear to bash heads in Skyrim.
@Praise Satin, you mean this murmillo? The toughest and roughest of all gladiators? Hes not just a "that guy"
@Praise Satin, gladiators would look to the emperor in order to get approval to kill the other gladiator. A thumbs up forbid them from finishing off their opponent.
@nate930, a thumbs up actually meant kill them, a thumbs down meant they cannot kill them. Common misconception though
@Thresh support main, then how would a "like" save a life? Is the picture wrong? I guess I need to watch Gladiator again :/
@nate930, the picture is wrong, gladiator, i believe, is what caused the misconception because it shows that a thumbs up meant not to when it was the opposite
@Thresh support main, it's the other way around bud. A thumbs up meant he could not kill them and a thumbs down meant he could kill them.
@RCDP, that's what i am saying
@Thresh support main, It wasn't Gladiator, it was a painting that was made during the Renaissance that depicted a Roman governor doing the thumbs up to spare the defeated gladiator's life.
THATS ECCE ROMANI!
I'm pretty sure that was in the book, anyways
Anyone else take latin and use that book?
@zognot, what was that mischievous kids name in that book, the one that was the sons's friend
@Naregsb, Sextus molestus est
Roger and Egbert
*proceeds to like*
I've seen this painting in real life!
I don't have to worry about death
Kids in Africa are starving
*gets shot by Everyone on the internet*