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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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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Chit/Chat; History; Miscellaneous; Society
KEYWORDS: ageofantiquity; antiquity; bc; coliseum; deathmatch; gladiator; gladitorialgames; godsgravesglyphs; paxaugusta; paxromana; romanempire; rome; statue; topless
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To: windcliff

Ping


51 posted on 04/17/2012 8:21:59 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: unkus

That is the spaghetti squash of DEATH to you mister!


52 posted on 04/17/2012 8:23:42 PM PDT by RainMan (Newt/Sarah - Red Meat for a Red America)
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To: Nervous Tick

As Bilbo would say, “This is a thread to remember.” Congrats to all who are posting. Time for a laugh and chuckle.


53 posted on 04/17/2012 8:41:08 PM PDT by taterjay
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To: reagan_fanatic

Morphadite?


54 posted on 04/17/2012 8:48:40 PM PDT by Razzz42
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To: TChad
Photobucket Heh ... that reminds me of this famous NY Post headline. If there was a newspaper like the NY Post back in those days an appropriate headline would read "HEADLESS BODIES IN TOPLESS ARENA"
55 posted on 04/17/2012 9:01:06 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: Nervous Tick

Not entirely. Many books on life in ancient Rome mention that practice at the baths.

(Makes one appreciate little things like soap.)


56 posted on 04/17/2012 9:05:12 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy... and call it progress")
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To: Nervous Tick; tumblindice; SunkenCiv
>> 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.

Not only that, but I understand that the scrapings from famous gladiators fetched a pretty good price as a cosmetic treatment.

57 posted on 04/17/2012 9:10:58 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: DogByte6RER

Great, now we can have Gladiator Barbie with her new playmates Headless Drusilla and eviscerated Phyllis. It would also finally explain after all these years the lack of genitalia on Ken.


58 posted on 04/17/2012 9:11:07 PM PDT by dog breath
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To: Leo58
What is that object in her hand?

The Penis of the Fallen

59 posted on 04/17/2012 9:14:36 PM PDT by Junior_G (Funny how liberals' love affair with Muslims began on 9/11)
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To: DogByte6RER

Guilty

Oh wait, what’s this thread about again?


60 posted on 04/17/2012 9:20:50 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: DogByte6RER
Heh ... that reminds me of this famous NY Post headline.

The greatest tabloid headline ever written.

61 posted on 04/17/2012 9:21:59 PM PDT by TChad
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To: RainMan

LOL


62 posted on 04/17/2012 9:47:09 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: DogByte6RER

Gladiatrix would be the correct term, I guess.


63 posted on 04/17/2012 10:20:31 PM PDT by Argus
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To: TChad

Some years ago, there was a novel about a tabloid editor obsessed with topping a headline he had seen on a rival paper. He was on a long descent into madness over it. The headline, and the novel’s title, was

“Dwarf Rapes Nun, Escapes in Flying Saucer.”


64 posted on 04/17/2012 10:45:20 PM PDT by Erasmus (BHO: New supreme leader of the homey rollin' empire.)
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To: Erasmus
“Dwarf Rapes Nun, Escapes in Flying Saucer.”

Definitely a contender, but I would have to read the article. Some connection with reality is needed.

Mark Steyn came up with a great variant of "Headless Body in Topless Bar" but now I can't find it, though I commented on it in an FR post.

65 posted on 04/17/2012 11:29:42 PM PDT by TChad
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To: smokingfrog
Zena!

No, that's not Zena. That's the famous one-legged gladiator named Eileen.

She won her fight by cutting of the legs of her male opponent and throwing him into the lake. Noone knew his name at the time, but while the spectators watched him rise and fall below the lake surface, he became known as "Bob".
66 posted on 04/17/2012 11:32:43 PM PDT by zencycler
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To: DogByte6RER

67 posted on 04/18/2012 2:53:08 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Breto
The female fighter is looking down at the ground

More likely she's trying to figure out where her right leg is........

68 posted on 04/18/2012 3:00:51 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (Would I like to be young again? No, I worked too hard to get here, I don't want to do it again)
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To: DogByte6RER
Buffius the Carthaginian Slayer.
69 posted on 04/18/2012 8:20:24 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: DogByte6RER

My research indicates she is performing the ritual fish-slapping dance.


70 posted on 04/18/2012 8:22:29 AM PDT by P.O.E. (Pray for America)
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To: Lurker
Looks like her opponent managed to take a hand off as well as a sizable chunk of leg.

Only a flesh wound...

71 posted on 04/18/2012 8:30:54 AM PDT by 5thGenTexan
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To: DogByte6RER

gynomastia


72 posted on 04/18/2012 9:49:05 AM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Fun for women ages 21 through 35)
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To: Silentgypsy; BIGLOOK; Ciexyz; thecodont; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; ..

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Silentgypsy, BIGLOOK, Ciexyz, and thecodont for the pings and comments.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


73 posted on 04/18/2012 8:30:41 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DogByte6RER

Hard to tell. If I had to guess I’d say NOT GUILTY.


74 posted on 04/18/2012 8:34:34 PM PDT by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Why can’t this simply be ancient porno? If you’ve ever taken an Art History course you know a lot of what passes for art is some creepy rich guy’s porn collection.


75 posted on 04/18/2012 8:39:39 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: unkus
Funny looking knife in her hand.

Probably her victim's spleen....

Her weapon is likely imbedded in a skull at this point.

My kinda woman.
76 posted on 04/18/2012 8:43:27 PM PDT by RandallFlagg (Look for the union label, then buy elsewhere.)
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To: RandallFlagg

Bad ass woman, for sure.

I was thinking that knife was actually the guy’s “thing”.


77 posted on 04/18/2012 9:17:35 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: crazydad
This is Lorenus Bobadus of Rome.

Yep, that's no sica she's holding up so victoriously!

78 posted on 04/18/2012 10:05:05 PM PDT by Bernard Marx
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To: unkus; SunkenCiv

it looks like she shaved her pits.


79 posted on 04/19/2012 12:21:14 PM PDT by Perdogg
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To: Perdogg

LOL


80 posted on 04/19/2012 12:27:05 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: DogByte6RER
'Timmy, do you like Gladiator movies?'
"I do now!"

(oh ... I'd hit it!)

81 posted on 04/19/2012 11:52:29 AM PDT by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: SunkenCiv

Most dangerous gal on the I.B.T.C.; probalby did the “wet work” for them.


82 posted on 04/19/2012 11:55:53 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: unkus

83 posted on 04/19/2012 11:59:30 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: LukeL

Eileenus Uranus


84 posted on 04/19/2012 12:00:23 PM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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To: wxgesr
Ah yes..one of this guy's ... ... friends...
85 posted on 04/19/2012 12:06:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DogByte6RER

a one legged gladiator? really?

i think not


86 posted on 04/19/2012 12:21:52 PM PDT by beebuster2000
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To: Perdogg; BenLurkin

:’)


87 posted on 04/19/2012 2:49:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: DogByte6RER

Looks more like Albertus Goreculus after he invented the clay tablet.


88 posted on 04/19/2012 2:51:18 PM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

Pretty funny.............


89 posted on 04/19/2012 2:52:56 PM PDT by Osage Orange (The MSM is the most dangerous entity in the United States of America.)
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;)


90 posted on 04/20/2012 6:58:16 AM PDT by 444Flyer (~Leaning on the everlasting arms~ (Deuteronomy 33:27) (John 3) /// Thailand? Rev. 20:1-3)
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To: DogByte6RER

that’s not a “bandage” on her knee. geez that’s leather strapping that was useful (for tying something) or decorative.


91 posted on 04/21/2012 1:20:26 PM PDT by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh

keyboard spew alert

(...or is that key-borat...)


92 posted on 04/25/2012 3:10:53 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Larry Lucido

Another keyboard spew alert

keep ‘em coming guys ;-)


93 posted on 04/25/2012 3:11:52 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: BIGLOOK
That’s not a female gladiator, that’s Lorena the First, Queen of the Bobbits

Yet another keyboard spew alert

bravo! ;-)

94 posted on 04/25/2012 3:13:14 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: Nervous Tick; tumblindice
Now that there is capital-A *Arcane* knowledge.

A veritable treasure trove of keyboard spew alerts.

95 posted on 04/25/2012 3:23:51 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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To: dog breath
Great, now we can have Gladiator Barbie with her new playmates Headless Drusilla and eviscerated Phyllis. It would also finally explain after all these years the lack of genitalia on Ken.

Yet another keyboard spew alert.

beyond that, words fail...

:-)

96 posted on 04/25/2012 3:26:07 PM PDT by SteveH (First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win.)
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