Rome Drives Away Photogenic Gladiators

Performers in Rome who dress like the ancient combatants earn money by posing in photos with tourists. As of Friday, they've been driven away from the Colosseum. Roman officials say gladiators will no longer be able to peddle pictures outside their classic arena.

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with bad news for gladiators. Nowadays performers in Rome who dress like those ancient combatants earn money by posing in photos with tourists. As of today, they've been driven away from the Coliseum. Roman officials say gladiators will no longer be able to peddle pictures outside their classic arena. The no-pay rule only applies around the Coliseum. Still, it's not hard to tell how gladiators will react - thumbs down. It's MORNING EDITION.

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