Those About to Die Salute You

From the latin “Moritori te selutant,” attributed to prisoners addressing Emperor Claudius prior to the naumachia to which they had been fated. –52 AD

Morutori Te Selutant (Phragmites Print), 2009

In times of economic difficulty, Roman emperors would host violent spectator sports to placate the masses. The bloodiest and most decadent of these was the NAUMACHIA; prisoners were forced to engage in full-on naval warfare within a flooded Roman amphitheater. Variations were re-popularized in empires throughout European history, always coinciding with instances of over-indulgence at the brink of financial and societal collapse.

Cover Photo by Bryan Derballa

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