Monday, September 6, 2010

the world's highest paid athlete

jason kottke notes that the world's highest paid athlete was a 2nd century roman charioteer named Gaius Appuleius Diocles. his total pay equates to 5x the earnings of the highest paid provinicial governor during the same period. a sum so hefty it could provide grain for the entire city of Rome for one year, or in today's terms, cash out to about $15 billion. to put this into perspective, federer earns about $36 mm per year and tiger about $105 mm.

Large Roman Chariot in white bonded marble on black wood base by Santini from Italy


Gorilla Bananas said...

I hope he gave his horses a fair cut, seeing as they did most of the work.

Madame Lamb said...

me too, gorilla.

Sned5050 said...

and why hasn't Russell Crowe made a movie about this guy?

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