Save the Gladiator Tomb in Rome petition

The site of the "Gladiator tomb" is one of overwhelming cultural and historic value not only for Italy but for all of humanity.  

Save the Gladiator Tomb in Rome petition
Mausoleum of Marcus Nonius Macrinus on the Via Flaminia [Credit: American Institute for Roman Culture]
Given the response from the academic world and public enthusiasm since its discovery in 2008 for the incredible level of preservation of the site, quality of the tombs and section of Via Flaminia road, and identification of Marcus Nonius Macrinus' mausoleum (readily linked in the press with Russell Crowe's Maximus Gladiator character from Ridley Scott's Gladiator), we believe that the study of site should continue and the site should not be abandoned nor reburied.

Currently, the funding of cultural heritage in Italy (and the world) is, indeed, lamentably lacking, but the "Gladiator tomb" site is exactly the sort of discovery that serves to remind us we need to support heritage sites beyond the initial excavation, discovery, and study.   

And few discoveries around world have struck a chord with such a large worldwide audience.  Conservation of the site merits further attention and discussion on costs and overall plans for the site should be open for further discussion.

You can sign the petition here

Source: American Institute for Roman Culture [December 10, 2012]

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