“Gladiatrix: The True Story of History’s Unknown Woman Warrior” by Amy Zoll (Berkley Books, 2002)

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Gladiatrix is the book form of the original Discovery Channel piece, which reveals the crucial details about the skeleton of a woman gladiator found beneath the city of London.  Once all the details are given as to how the skeleton was found and how archaeologists know that this woman was a gladiator.  Amy Zoll splits the book into sections revealing what life would have been like for a woman gladiator.  With novelized interludes of this woman gladiator’s life, Zoll has done her research and one really gains an understanding of what it was like to be a woman gladiator in ancient Rome, as well as proving that this occupation was quite popular, and that women gladiators were actually not that rare, and considered more a delicacy in the dish of the arena.

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Originally published on December 9th, 2002.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.

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