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"He's got it!'" The exclamation was shouted when a particularly good blow was struck or the coup de grâce administered. This detail from the Borghese Gallery and Museum (Rome) shows the retiarius about to strike. Here the manica is not cloth but metal scales. The victor Astacius is shown twice, once in combat and again in victory.
Reference: Das Spiel mit dem Tod: So Kämpften Roms Gladiatoren (2000) by Marcus Junkelmann.
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