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'Pollice Verso' (Gérôme)
'Pollice Verso' (Gérôme)

Pollice Verso, or "with a turned thumb," is a painting by French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme, featuring the infamous gesture given to victorious gladiators. This image inspired Ridley Scott's 2000 film, Gladiator.

1896 Summer Olympics in Athens
1896 Summer Olympics in Athens

A poster for the 1896 Summer Olympic Games hosted in Athens, Greece.

Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins

Basketball star Andrew Wiggins entered into the NBA in 2014 after one year of playing college ball. 

Aretê
Aretê

A statue of the Greek goddess Aretê in modern-day Turkey represents “greatness of any kind,” which many believe is the ideal of college sports.

 
Bronze Gladiator Helmet
Bronze Gladiator Helmet

Bronze Roman Murmillo gladiator helmet from the VRoma Image Archive.

Ed O'Bannon
Ed O'Bannon

The lead plaintiff in O’Bannon v. NCAA, Ed O’Bannon, is spearheading the present antitrust class action lawsuit against the NCAA.

Gladiator Mosaic
Gladiator Mosaic

A mosaic of gladiators held by the Verona Museum.

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

The aptly named USC Trojan’s Memorial Coliseum boasts an Olympic torch atop an open colonnade.

Mark Emmert
Mark Emmert

A painting of the NCAA’s current president, Mark Emmert.

Official NCAA Logo
Official NCAA Logo

The official logo of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Ohio State University's "Horseshoe" Stadium
Ohio State University's "Horseshoe" Stadium

Ohio State’s “horseshoe” stadium is built in the style of Roman amphitheaters. 

Oscar Robertson
Oscar Robertson

This statue on University of Cincinnati’s campus commemorates college and NBA basketball player, Oscar Robertson, now an advocate of student-athlete rights. 

OSU 125th Anniversary of Football
OSU 125th Anniversary of Football

Ohio State’s football program is celebrating its 125th year. The graduation rate of black male athletes at OSU is among the lowest in the six major Division I athletic conferences.

Pierre de Coubertin
Pierre de Coubertin

Pierre de Coubertin, an intellectual and politician, developed the idea of “amateur” sports.

Roman Gladiatorial Scene
Roman Gladiatorial Scene

The fragmentary relief of a Roman gladiatorial scene from late first century BCE, from VRoma Archives.

Takeo Spikes
Takeo Spikes

Commenting on the game’s violent nature, linebacker Takeo Spikes directly likened football players to “modern-day gladiators.”

The Roman Arena
The Roman Arena

The inside view of a Roman arena in Arles, France.

The Roman Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum

The Colosseum in Rome, Italy is the best-known Roman-era amphitheater.