A few years back as I stood on the floor of the Roman Coliseum it quickly became evident to me that I was not in Pimento’s gym, or for that matter even, Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Alypius (300 A.D) was a young Roman citizen who had come to Rome to study law. He was described as a virtuous young man by all who knew him. One day he met some of his less than virtuous friends in the street. They were making their way to the Coliseum to watch a gladiatorial combat, and they invited Alypius to go with them. He first refused, but they dragged him off with them anyway. He declared: “You can drag my body there, but don’t ever think that you can make me watch. I shall be there; I shall not be there. In this way I shall have the better of you and your show.”
(The Age of Gladiators—Rupert Matthews)
“And he would not only come with those who first got him there but would now drag others with him.”
November 4, 2013