A random article, but i was reading and half way through saw a mention on a Charlotte prof
“It was a hand gesture that was used by the crowd to say if the gladiator should live or die after a fight,” explains Lisa Slattery Rashotte, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. "
I saw a documentary on the Roman Coliseum a couple weeks ago on PBS, and they were saying that the thumb signal from the spectators has probably been misinterpreted. The people in this doc speculated that it wasn’t a thumbs up or down, but rather and out or in, meaning the sword goes in or the sword stays out. But who knows for sure.
“It was a hand gesture that was used by the crowd to say if the gladiator should live or die after a fight,” explains Lisa Slattery Rashotte, a sociologist at the [B]University of North Carolina, Charlotte[/B]."
[U]not[/U] cool, but better than most media mentions[/QUOTE]