Gladiatrix

Gladiatrix

The True Story of History's Unknown Woman Warrior

Book - 2002
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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.
Publisher: New York : Berkley Pub. Group, c2002.
Edition: Berkley Boulevard trade pbk. ed. --
ISBN: 9780425186107
0425186105
Characteristics: ix, 261 p. ;,23 cm.

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melaniereynolds
Feb 06, 2017

The title is misleading. The only "truth" is that archeologists don't agree about what the items represent in regards to this woman's life. This part of the book is really short.

It is disappointing that they explain these artifacts but don't provide any pictures. The cover has a blurb, "As seen on the Discovery Channel", but it doesn't mean anything in terms of this book. They could have provide some scenes from the re-enactment of the show.

What I like about this book is that you get a glimpse into the daily life of a Roman Citizens, with special attention to gladiators and women. Second class citizens that are often relegated to the footnotes of most books on Roman history.

Chapter 3 was my favorite. It mentions some aspects of the city of Pompeii I don't think I've heard before. I also like the Fictional narrative interwoven throughout the book in short chapters (in italics) to be refreshing.

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A mature fourteen-year-old could probably read this, but I should point out to any reader that the contents of this book are not sanitized. There are mentions of abuse and the sheer disregard for life is at times revolting. People were property. They were killed for sport, amusement and to serve their masters in the afterlife by the thousands, as were animals.

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Feb 06, 2017

melaniereynolds thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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