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Ancient statue depicts naked female gladiator

A new study of a 2,000-year-old statue suggests that it depicts a topless female gladiator.

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.

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Story: Owen Jarus, LiveScience | Photo: Alfonso Manas, University of Granada

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