Atticus from Pompeii

Atticus from Pompeii

My portrayal of Atticus, the African gladiator character played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in the recent Pompeii movie. This is supposed to represent how I think he may have dressed before becoming a gladiator in the Roman Empire. The sword he is carrying is based off the gbaya used in Cameroon, which was used both as a weapon and an agricultural tool.

I don’t think the movie ever mentions where in Africa he came from, but I got a West African vibe from the little idol he prays to in his cell. Maybe he came from the Nok culture which thrived in what is now Nigeria between 1000 BC and 300 AD?

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