Entombing the Tomb of the Gladiator: Who Will Save the Roman Ruins?
Excerpt from Time:
For the moment, the plan to bury the site has been put on hold. An online petition to save the Gladiator’s Tomb, organized by American Institute for Roman Culture, a group dedicated to the preservation of city’s ancient remains, has gathered some 3,700 signatures. “This should be a high profile site, if only because it’s associated with Gladiator.” says Darius Arya, the group’s CEO. “When you think about archeology, you think about ancient Rome, and then you think about that movie.” Russell Crowe has voiced his support, retweeting links to the petition and telling Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper that, “Of all the great nations of the world, Italy in particular should be a leader in promoting the importance of exploring and conserving the ancient past.”