In the ancient world, a retiarius
was a type of what?
In gladiatorial combat, the retiarius
would be armed with a net and which other three-pronged weapon?
Fighting for the Blues team will be Celatus the Murmillo and Amazonia the Gladiatrix and the for the Reds there's Achillia the Gladiatrix and Lupis the Retiarius
40 A gladiator called a retiarius
was so named because he used what in combat?
The scene is known in an unglazed Corinthian example showing a retiarius
in loin cloth, left, with short sword and trident (Corinth IV.2, no.
Juvenal's Gracchus, a retiarius
or "net-gladiator" (2,143ff.), contracted a homosexual marriage as a bride, brought a dowry, and reclined in his husband's lap (2,117ff.).
The presence of the net in the hand of the blond youth tempts us to read it as the trident of the Roman gladiator (the retiarius
was equipped with trident and net), and thus to give a combative value to the interaction these two figures may be poised to undergo.
In the story, "Lack of Autonomy Hampering Progress of Battlefield Robots," (May 2003, page 33) it should have been mentioned that the Rod Millen Special Vehicles company is a member of the team Retiarius
working on the Army Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle.
As Heaney fills out his 'life study' of Lowell, the older poet emerges as linguistic imperialist "Englishing Russian," curmudgeonly artist "bullying out" sonnets to Harriet and Lizzie, and Roman gladiator (retiarius
) throwing a net over his victim to hold him down (the sort of event Caligula would applaud with great glee, although Heaney is no doubt referring to Lowell's artistic "fishnet of tarred rope" in "Dolphin").