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Posted October 31, 2003
Not that good
The book restates the position of women in the Roman Empire, reviews what is known about gladiators, touches on Etruscan history and explores pagan religions. What is left is about the gladiatrix, and half of that is a 'serialized' fictional story that precedes each section. There is almost nothing about the actual find. I honestly thnk I would get more information about the Gladiatrix from a Sunday newspaper story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 16, 2002
Great mix of fact and entertainment!
As a professional archaeologist, I am always happy to find books where a factual account based on evidence is also a really entertaining read. This book provides both. While it takes one particular point of view, it does offer alternatives, allowing the reader to make their own choices. The fictionalization provides depth to the story, while the information about Rome, Romans, and gladiators gives the readers the facts to back it up. My only complaint was the lack of illustrations to accompany the text. Archaeology is a stongly visual discipline, making this an inexplicable editorial decision to say the least! Still, a nicely done book I would recommend to anyone interested in archaeology who doesn't want to wade through jargon. Nice job!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 23, 2011
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