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The Wrestlers Are Not Really Wrestling

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At first glance, this famous statue appears to be depicting wrestlers. In reality, this is a portrayal of Pankration, a brutal and bloody Greek martial art.


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Inside Italy's Uffizi Gallery, dark secrets reside amongst the works of the greatest masters of the Renaissance. Join us as we tour one of the oldest art museums in the western world and travel back to a time when Florence was a city rife with intrigue and crime. We'll explore the days of the Mafia in the 15th Century, made famous in the video game Assassin's Creed. We'll follow an artist's path to insanity, perhaps caused by the lead in his paints, and we'll see if Hitler's soft spot for art is the reason the gallery still exists today.

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