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Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator
Live Science ^ | 17 April 2012 | Owen Jarus

Posted on 04/17/2012 7:25:53 PM PDT by DogByte6RER

Rare Ancient Statue Depicts Topless Female Gladiator

A small bronze statue dating back nearly 2,000 years may be that of a female gladiator, a victorious one at that, suggests a new study.

If confirmed the statue would represent only the second depiction of a woman gladiator known to exist.

The gladiator statue shows a topless woman, wearing only a loincloth and a bandage around her left knee. Her hair is long, although neat, and in the air she raises what the researcher, Alfonso Manas of the University of Granada, believes is a sica, a short curved sword used by gladiators. The gesture she gives is a "salute to the people, to the crowd," Manas said, an action done by victorious gladiators at the end of a fight.

The female fighter is looking down at the ground, presumably at her fallen opponent.

The "precise real-life" details of the statue suggest the depiction was inspired by an actual person, a real woman who fought, Manas told LiveScience in an interview.

It’s not known where the statue was originally found, though it is currently in the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbein Hamburg, Germany.

The rarity of such statues likely reflects the idea that female gladiators in ancient Rome were scarce. They were banned by Emperor Septimius Severus in A.D. 200 with only about a dozen references to them in ancient writing surviving to present day. The only other known depiction of them is a carved relieffrom the site of Halicarnassus (now in the British Museum) that shows two female gladiators fighting. There have been claims made in the past of burials of female gladiators being uncovered, but none has attracted widespread support among scholars.

Identifying the gladiator

Scholars had initially suggested the statue represented a female athlete scraping herself with a strigil ...

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KEYWORDS: ageofantiquity; antiquity; bc; coliseum; deathmatch; gladiator; gladitorialgames; godsgravesglyphs; paxaugusta; paxromana; romanempire; rome; statue; topless
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The newly identified bronze statue reveals what may be a female gladiator standing in a victory pose, while looking down at what is presumably her fallen opponent.

CREDIT: Photo by Alfonso Manas, University of Granada

1 posted on 04/17/2012 7:25:58 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER

“looking down at what is presumably her fallen opponent.”

That would most likely be her husband....


2 posted on 04/17/2012 7:27:52 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Breto

Are you entertained?


3 posted on 04/17/2012 7:29:35 PM PDT by max americana
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To: DogByte6RER

these were usually sideshow attractions, fighting dwarves and things in non-lethal combat. There were points in time I guess (it was a long-run empire) where it might have been more than just a show.


4 posted on 04/17/2012 7:30:04 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: DogByte6RER

Bookmark


5 posted on 04/17/2012 7:30:31 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Breto

Funny looking knife in her hand.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 7:31:32 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

Ping


7 posted on 04/17/2012 7:31:40 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: DogByte6RER

Depicted: LORENUS BOBITTUS hovers over her victim JOHNUS WAYNEUS BOBBITUS after discovering he attended a colombian brothel under the guise of doing advance work security for emperor OBAMUS


8 posted on 04/17/2012 7:31:53 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Maybe it’s just a depiction of a guy with man-boobs.


9 posted on 04/17/2012 7:34:18 PM PDT by reagan_fanatic (2012 isn't an election - it's a restraining order.)
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To: DogByte6RER

OR... it could be the symbol for an abortion clinic.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 7:34:42 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

Maximus LOL!


11 posted on 04/17/2012 7:35:41 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow! No one’s said a word about the fact that the chick only has one leg!


12 posted on 04/17/2012 7:35:54 PM PDT by cincinnati65 (Romney is not MY candidate for President in 2012.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Gladiator porn or gladiator with man boobs.


13 posted on 04/17/2012 7:36:24 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Looks like her opponent managed to take a hand off as well as a sizable chunk of leg.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 7:38:02 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: DogByte6RER

15 posted on 04/17/2012 7:38:28 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: cincinnati65

One leg chicks won’t stop a Caligula orgy.


16 posted on 04/17/2012 7:38:28 PM PDT by max americana
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To: DogByte6RER

Zena!


17 posted on 04/17/2012 7:38:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cincinnati65

Peggus Stumpius, the female Hoplite?


18 posted on 04/17/2012 7:38:39 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Rebelbase

THOSE WE DO IN LIFE ECHO THROUGHOUT ETERNITY!!!!


19 posted on 04/17/2012 7:39:26 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: smokingfrog

er Xena


20 posted on 04/17/2012 7:39:27 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: cincinnati65
Wow! No one’s said a word about the fact that the chick only has one leg!

Legless statue of topless gladiator?

21 posted on 04/17/2012 7:39:37 PM PDT by TChad
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To: unkus

This is Lorenus Bobadus of Rome.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 7:40:24 PM PDT by crazydad
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To: TChad

I went into this Bar, the sign said TOPLESS!!! BOTTOMLESS!!! I get inside, there was nobody there!


23 posted on 04/17/2012 7:40:47 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

The emperor’s name must have been BILLUS CLINTONUS when there’s naked chicks around..


24 posted on 04/17/2012 7:40:56 PM PDT by max americana
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To: DogByte6RER

Where’s the Black Knight picture?

“’Tis but a scratch.”


25 posted on 04/17/2012 7:41:35 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: DogByte6RER
"It's a mere flesh wound!"


26 posted on 04/17/2012 7:42:53 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: DogByte6RER; a fool in paradise

Pamelus Andersonus.


27 posted on 04/17/2012 7:43:08 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: crazydad

LOL!!!


28 posted on 04/17/2012 7:43:19 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: DogByte6RER

What is that object in her hand?


29 posted on 04/17/2012 7:43:46 PM PDT by Leo58 (Those who cheer you today will curse you tomorrow, the only thing that endures is character.)
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To: cincinnati65

She was a hottie in those days.


30 posted on 04/17/2012 7:44:25 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: max americana

“Are you entertained?”

Yup... at my age doesn’t take much...


31 posted on 04/17/2012 7:45:39 PM PDT by Breto (The Establishment party is killing our country)
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To: Leo58

See post # 22


32 posted on 04/17/2012 7:46:46 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Leo58

It looks like a strigil.
The Romans didn’t know about soap and water. After a strenuous workout in the arena they would slather themselves with oil, then scrape off the dirt, sweat and oil with a curved strigil.
She’s getting ready to squeegee herself.


33 posted on 04/17/2012 7:48:09 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

She only had one leg and one hand so it must have been the Handicapped Gladiatorial Games.


34 posted on 04/17/2012 7:50:24 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Revolting cat!
Pamelus Andersonus.

Yeah, but the statue would keep falling over...
35 posted on 04/17/2012 7:50:36 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: tumblindice

PS Most likely she was one of the scantily clad gals that paraded around the arena holding up cards showing the rounds in numerals (Roman, of course).


36 posted on 04/17/2012 7:53:08 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: tumblindice

PPS parading around=hopping around


37 posted on 04/17/2012 7:54:44 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Leo58
Perhaps a harvesting knife:


38 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:08 PM PDT by TChad
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

That’s not a female gladiator, that’s Lorena the First, Queen of the Bobbits


39 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:12 PM PDT by BIGLOOK
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To: ClearCase_guy

‘man boobs’ sagging too much...


40 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:16 PM PDT by Carthego delenda est
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To: DogByte6RER

`` Where`s my $47 dollars?``


41 posted on 04/17/2012 7:58:16 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (Tu habeasme cornibus!. Who knew?)
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To: DogByte6RER

“See what you get for cutting off my hand, leg and foot, you witch?!”


42 posted on 04/17/2012 7:59:59 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: SunkenCiv

She does look like a bathing beauty with a strigil.


43 posted on 04/17/2012 8:01:30 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: Larry Lucido

“I’d give half my leg for this butternut squash!”


44 posted on 04/17/2012 8:01:52 PM PDT by keats5 (Not all of us are hypnotized.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Could be a Roman TS!


45 posted on 04/17/2012 8:02:53 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless.)
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To: cincinnati65

Maybe her name was Eileen?


46 posted on 04/17/2012 8:04:01 PM PDT by LukeL (Barack Obama: Jimmy Carter 2 Electric Boogaloo)
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To: Rebelbase

One leg, one arm - the Special Ho-lympics


47 posted on 04/17/2012 8:04:08 PM PDT by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Man boobs. :)


48 posted on 04/17/2012 8:12:14 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: tumblindice

>> After a strenuous workout in the arena they would slather themselves with oil, then scrape off the dirt, sweat and oil with a curved strigil.

Now that there is capital-A *Arcane* knowledge.


49 posted on 04/17/2012 8:19:22 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: BIGLOOK; Lazmataz

The guy on the ground made the mistake of asking,
“What’s it got in its loincloth pocketses, Lorena—stupid, fat Queen of the Bobbits?”

Laz: The Queen of the Itty Bitty Titty Committee, Rome chapter, who won a gold & silver medal and was so proud she had them bronzed.
Or a guy needing a brozier.
On second thought, never mind.


50 posted on 04/17/2012 8:20:21 PM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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