Gladiatrix: The True Story of History's Unknown Woman Warrior

Gladiatrix: The True Story of History's Unknown Woman Warrior


By (author) Amy Zoll

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  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Corporation,U.S.
  • Format: Paperback | 261 pages
  • Dimensions: 151mm x 229mm x 18mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 3 September 2002
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0425186105
  • ISBN 13: 9780425186107

Product description

THE TRUTH BEHIND THE SPECTACLE… THE STORY THAT STUNNED THE WORLD. These may be the only remains of a gladiator ever found. The evidence that they were female not only made history but changed it, giving a new understanding of the role of women in Roman society. Was it really possible for a woman to have embraced masculine virtues and acquired masculine skills—and to have been encouraged to revel in the blood-and-death spectacle of gladiatorial combat? Gladiatrix enters this startling new world for the first time. It also unearths the inspirations for these warrior women of Rome—the legend of the Amazons and the true story of Boudica, the Warrior Queen who almost brought the Roman Empire to its knees. And it recreates the startling life of a female outcast who lived and died like no other, to became history’s most remarkable sister-in-arms.

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Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1. Discovery 2. Goddesses, Amazons, and Warrior Queens 3. Roman Women: Virgo, Matrona, Lupa 4. The Life of a Gladiator 5. Blood Sport 6. "At London, in the Temple of Isis" 7. The Death of a Gladiatrix Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index