Roman gladiators' house collapses

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The Independent Online

Archaeologists, commentators and opposition politicians accused Italy's government of neglect and mismanagement yesterday over the collapse of the 2,000-year-old "House of the Gladiators" in the ruins of ancient Pompeii. "Pompeii – the collapse of shame," said a headline in La Stampa newspaper.

The stone house, on one of the site's main streets, collapsed on Saturday while Pompeii was closed. The structure was believed to be where gladiators gathered and trained before going to battle in a nearby amphitheatre.