Togas... in Burbank?
It makes sense if you're watching "Spartacus and the Roman Legion," a French historical reenactment that has gladiators clad in ornate helmets and dusty tunics marching through the Equestrian Center in Griffith Park.
On Saturday, French reenactment troupes brought over 60 performers to portray the story of Spartacus, a rebel gladiator who became a legendary leader in a failed slave uprising against the Roman Republic. After that: accurate gladiatorial combat, minus real deaths.
According to the Burbank Leader, the audience gets involved, so outcomes vary.
"It's real fighting, like you can see in the UFC or MMA — that's why we're training every day," Olivier Brocard, who plays Spartacus, told the Burbank Leader. "There is interaction with the public because we don't know who will win. The public will decide, like 2,000 years ago, if we have to die or live.”
The gladiators will bring their weapons together again at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012.