Female Gladiators

Illustration

Carole Raddato
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published on 13 May 2015

Marble relief with female gladiators, 1st-2nd century CE, from Halicarnassus (modern Bodrum, Turkey), British Museum.
This marble relief commemorates the honourable release from service (missio) of two women fighters, "Amazon" (named after the female warriors) and "Achilia" (named after the Greek hero Achilles). The inscription APELUTHESAN, "they were freed", indicates that they won their freedom after a series of outstanding performances. Heads of spectators can be seen on either side of the platform.



About the Author

Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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