Roman Remedies – Gladiator Blood

The Roman’s believed that drinking Gladiator’s blood cured many ailments, including infertility and epilepsy.

Pliny the Elder notes in his Natural History (Book XXVIII, II)

The blood too of gladiators is drunk by epileptics as though it were a draught of life, though we shudder with horror when in the same arena we look at even the beasts doing the same thing. But, by Heaven!, the patients think it most effectual to suck from a man himself warm, living blood, and putting their lips to the to drain the very life, although it is not the custom of men to apply their mouths at all to the wounds even of wild beasts.

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