Barbaric: Life and Death of Gladiators in Ancient Rome

Relief of two lady gladiators

Relief of two lady gladiators. Source: Wikimedia

Lady Gladiators

Yes, female slaves were also forced to fight in the arena on occasion, although some noblewomen also joined in sometimes. They might not have been taken as seriously as the male gladiators – they were forced to fight against dwarves, for example, on many occasions – but it doesn’t mean that they were any less impressive (fans of Scandal would agree!). In 200 AD, Emperor Septimus Severus, however, banned them from participating.

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