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


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.