Gladiator movies are actually a part of the gay subculture
. Makes perfect sense--smooth, muscular men
getting all hot and sweaty
, and their glistening chests
all over the screen
. The gladiator
is one of the archetypes
of gay beauty
--again, the smooth, trim, muscular
This was brought to my attention by a gay man when Gladiator came out (so to speak). He was amazed I didn't know this about gladiator movies.
So, if you know men who are more than casually interested in Roman Sport, then, well. . . not that there's anything wrong with that.