File this in the “real life Xena” department: According to Live Science, the second-ever statue of a female gladiator from ancient Rome has been recovered. Not just any female gladiator – a topless, victorious female gladiator.
From the post:
Here comes the best part:
I’m going to admit right now to geeking out about ancient Rome, thanks mainly to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast and Stacy Schiff’s phenomenal biography Cleopatra: A Life. There’s something undeniably appealing about a culture that lived so large (and such a long time ago), though it was sadly lacking in the female badass department (minus our girl Cleopatra, of course). If this statue gets confirmed as a female figure – a process that sounds intriguing — to paraphrase Ian Malcolm in Jurassic Park, “what do they do, look up the statue’s skirt?” — then it will confirm that ladies — at least a few ladies — got a piece of the fight-to-the-death action as well.
Let’s not get into the violent realities of Roman combat sports and just spend a moment of Frank Miller-esque geeky glory basking in the image of the lady warrior. You go girl — from 2000 years ago.