An Ancient Roman Celebrity

The name “Lucius Septimius Flavianus Flavillianus,” probably does not mean anything to you but it certainly did to the inhabitants of Oinoanda, a Roman city located in present-day southwest Turkey, around the year 200 CE. A recent translation from Greek reveals that he was something of a superstar in the world of sports; apparently, Flavillianus excelled in wrestling and pankration. Aside from being a star athlete and local hero, Flavillianus was also a recruiter for the Imperial Roman army. Please click here to read this unusual but entertaining news piece from Live Science.

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James Blake Wiener is the Communications Director at Ancient History Encyclopedia. Trained as a historian and researcher, and previously a professor, James is chiefly interested in cross-cultural exchange, world history, and international relations. Aside from his work at AHE, James is an avid Arabist, devotee of romance languages (French, Portuguese, and Spanish), reggaetoñero, and fan of ice hockey.