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  • I saw Antony's betrayal coming, and it was obvious that the bestiarius' assassination attempt and Antony "rescuing" Octavius was a set-up, but I've got to hand it to them--if their intent was to COMPLETELY throw everyone off, then they did well.

    The Empire, part 3 -- aka My Soul HURTS.

  • But here's the real spoileriffic kicker: Apparently, the part they left out of the history books is that Antony invited Octavius and the Caesar loyalists to his villa so they could all get drunk and fall asleep there--and then he could have his pet bestiarius although, it really sounded like they were saying "bestiaria" leave asps in everyone's rooms, so that they'd all be killed.

    The Empire, part 3 -- aka My Soul HURTS.

  • There was one particular suspect to check up on: Calliopus 'allegedly rogue bestiarius, Iddibal.

    Two For The Lions

  • She had been arguing then too — with a handsome young stud I had assumed must be her lover: but Hanno's sister must also be the woman who soon afterwards paid Calliopus for the release of that gladiator — the young bestiarius from Sabratha whom Calliopus had accused of killing Leonidas.

    Two For The Lions

  • Rutilius was presumably joking; I smiled as if I had every idea what he meant about the holy honkers, then left him to arrange transport for our baggage while I dealt with the bestiarius.

    Two For The Lions

  • As we turned away to do just that, we ran into the bestiarius called Iddibal.

    Two For The Lions

  • Passages are to be found in ancient writers, from which it is inferred that the games of the amphitheatre were usually opened by sacrificing a _bestiarius_, one of those gladiators whose profession was to combat wild beasts, in honor of this bloodthirsty deity.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • In the middle of the composition a _bestiarius_ has transfixed a bear with a stroke of his lance.

    Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life

  • It was often customary to begin the sports by the most cruel of all; and some bestiarius, or gladiator appointed to the beasts, was slain first as an initiatory sacrifice.

    The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. VI (of X)—Great Britain and Ireland IV

  • We may dimly discern the form of the _bestiarius_, who is armed with a wooden spear; of another who leaps into the air to escape the beast's onset; of one who protects himself with a portable wall of reeds, 'like a sea-urchin;' of others who are fastened to a revolving wheel, and alternately brought within the range of the animal's claws and borne aloft beyond his grasp.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Being A Condensed Translation Of The Variae Epistolae Of Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator


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