Hollywood would have us believe that all gladiators were beefed-up hulks like Russell Crowe, but history has a different story to tell. An inscription from Pompeii suggests that women, too, fought in the arena -- usually dressed as Amazons -- during the reign of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus, who ruled from 193 to 211 A.D. The notion appealed to British playwright Sarah Daniels, author of... More >>>