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Why Female Gladiators Were Polarizing Figures in Ancient Rome

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Gladiatrix Ardala showcases her fighting skills at a gathering of prominent Romans in 2nd century AD. It's a display that's greeted with wonder, and scorn.

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The Roman Empire is known for its powerful rulers, mighty armies, and gladiatorial games. But there is one last great untold story that has fought its way back into history - that of the female gladiator. Historians and archaeologists have uncovered evidence that many brave women fought and died in the arena. Based on these findings, follow the tale of a gladiatrix called Ardala, a Celtic warrior captured and traded into a Mediterranean gladiator school in 2nd century AD.

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