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Pompeii dig unearths fighting fresco in 'gladiators' tavern'

Well-preserved find on wall beneath stairwell is latest discovery at Regio V site

A well-preserved fresco depicting fighting gladiators has been unearthed by archaeologists in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.

The scene is of the end of a fight between two types of gladiator – a murmillo and a Thracian – where one wins and the other succumbs. The two types were distinguished by their armour and weapons.

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