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Gladiators and Christian
Christian stumbles in being forced by the Roman guards. All stand as the anthem is sang, pounding theirs hearts with clinched fists.
It was at Antioch that he was nicknamed1. He is prodded to stand by spears and hot irons; one last indignity before death.
Slurring the lyrics from the plenteous wines, the anthem ends with a loud, "All Hail To Caesar!" by the entire Coliseum crowd.
The opposing sides line-up. Then, the kick-off. And the weekly jingoist stupor continues2.
1. Acts 11:26 (NLT)
2. Romans 12:2 (NLT)