The final resting place of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, inspiration for Russell Crowe's Maximus Decimus Meridius in the movie Gladiator, has been found in Rome. While Macrinus was a successful general and confidante of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, fans of the film will be disappointed to note that he, unlike his cinematic progeny, was not sold into slavery and spent relatively little time kicking ass.
Nevertheless, this is interesting because Gladiator is pretty much my favourite movie. Ever. Sure, you can criticize it for being mindlessly macho, self-indulgent and a complete bastardization of history. But then, you'd be listing all the reasons I love it. Lines like "Death smiles at us all. All we can do is smile back." may seem trite, but they have more or less formed the borders of my moral universe since I saw Gladiator in 2000.
So, nifty that they found the real fellow's tomb. If they unearth the sarcophogus, here's hoping it's inscribed with all kinds of badass quotes. Like, "What we do in life echoes in enternity." Goddamn right it does!
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