Something is fishy here. Its just not possible to become obese on a diet of barley, legumes, and dried fruiteven if they were able to eat ad libitum. And this was centuries before the advent of modern food distribution networks. These guys probably ate 1500 calories a day, max.
the romans who hug around in Britain a couple thousand years ago ate a whole bunch of shelled little sea-shore creatures and snails and the like. archaeologists near where i live find piles and piles of them when they excavate sites.
maybe these gladiators got fat bellies from partaking of all that barley in the form of beer?
I think it could be entirely possible that they were "fat vegetarians" if we consider only the nutritional aspects (and assume they were eating other things in addition to barley, beans and dried fruit), although I think it sounds unlikely they chose to be completely vegetarian.
Especially true when you consider the fact that small, hand-caught wild animals such as rodents and birds are the only source of free food in non-industrialized societies. The production of agricultural products requires a cooperative effort and therefore costs money. But if its running around and you can catch it, its a free meal.
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