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Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum After Dark: Adults Only

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Dr Gemma Regan I'm a writer, arts reviewer, a scientist, a UFO researcher and a Radio host for 4ZZZ 102.1FM with my show The Witching Hour exploring the paranormal, conspiracy and the esoteric.
Carpe Noctem with the After Dark Exhibition
The last opportunity to enjoy an adult's only quiet museum and peruse the exhibition in peace is at hand this Friday.

The Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum exhibition at the Queensland Museum is a rare opportunity for Australians to observe real artefacts and witness the lives of the Roman Gladiators living across Europe around 2000 years ago. As an international touring exhibition, it features more than 110 original artefacts including actual cornices from the Colosseum in Rome.

There are also authentic bronze gladiator helmets and original armour on view which were fortuitously preserved in the ashes of Pompeii. The exhibition is divided into four zones: The Roman Empire; Rome and the Colosseum; Who are the Gladiators? and A Day at the Arena. The exhibition is worth a look in itself, but for the truly unique experience it should be done as part of an adult only evening After Dark.

In contrast to the usual chaos, the Gladiator After Dark adult evening is a much calmer opportunity for adults to roam a quiet museum with a glass of wine and something to nibble on. I attended the previous one and the peaceful adult-only evening was thoroughly appreciated. By night, the museum has the has the air of an exclusive art exhibition opening and is an excellent way to peruse the Gladiator exhibit without screaming kids. Although, some may be disappointed that with the adult-only label for the evening did not extend to topless duelling Gladiators flexing their rippling muscles in true Italian style!

Despite the lack of adult-style entertainment, there are two excellent 30-minute talks rotating all evening in the theatre. The first, on Four points to Consider is presented by Dr Tom Stevenson from UQ, highlighting the inaccuracies in Hollywood's portrayal of the lives of the Gladiators and including gory clips from famous movies such as Spartacus. The second talk Consulting The Bones is presented by Dr Damien Fegan and Dr Link Morse and referred to the evidence hidden in the bones of Gladiators resolving the mystery of their assumed Carnivorous diets (they were vegetarian) and lifestyle. Both presentations were informative, enlightening and enjoyable. Enabling the audience to appreciate the nuances of the Gladiator exhibition a lot more in light of their training and disciplined lives.

Fight like a Roman

The Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum exhibition is on until 28th January and is well worth a peek, but I heartily recommend it to be best seen as After Dark for a more salubrious adult only evening. Carpe Noctem!
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Why? An adult only salubrious night at the Museum with the Gladiators
When: Friday 1st Dec
Phone: 7 3840 7555
Where: Queensland Museum
Cost: $24 including entry to exhibits and talks
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