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.