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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

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Titus's Stairway to Olympus.

ROME ITALY Archaeologists in Rome have unearthed the remains of what appears to have been the world's first known bookmaker. They have concluded from examining his sarcophagus remains that the man apparently had leapt to his death very possibly from the Circus Maximus itself where chariot races were often held before massive crowds.
In the bookmaker's tomb they discovered items that once held special significance for the deceased. Statuettes of horses, riding gear, satchels, a marble bust of what appears to have been his wife Porcupina, numerous wax tablets and a complete chariot, one of the best specimens yet to have been found. This would indicate that he not only was a bookmaker but trained his own horses.
Of special interest to the archaeologists was the stand complete with the podium on which he stood when he was taking bets. On a large wooden board above the small dais was inscribed the following...
"I am the Thracian, Titus Oddsus freedman and citizen of Rome, bookmaker to three emperors. I am the son of Grandus Theftus Detorrius, chariot repair man, wine vendor of Thrace and fortune teller. I am the best bookmaker in Rome. I always pay up and give the best odds on any race this side of Caesarea"
Underneath this was the markup for what appears to have been Titus's last race.
Messala - 1/1 Fav...
Ben-Hur - 33/1.

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