A gladiator was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals.
TOP TEN GREATEST FEMALE WARRIORS IN HISTORY
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Tomoe Gozen, pronounced, was a late twelfth-century female samurai warrior, known for her bravery and strength. She is believed to have fought in and survived the Genpei War. She was also the concubine of Minamoto no Yoshinak.
Female gladiators had the same rules as male gladiators. Most women did the same training as men. Some female gladiators were slaves and most of them were gladiators for money. They trained with wooden weapons, they also fought in arenas. Women only fought 2-3 times a year opposed to men who fought up to 35 times a year.
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Penthesilea brought her Amazon warriors to help the Trojans defend their city but was killed in combat by Achilles. Here, Achilles looms above her as she sinks to the ground.
Penthesilea brought her Amazon warriors to help the Trojans defend their city, but was killed in combat with Achilles, the greatest of the Greek warriors. The scene on this vase shows Achilles looming above her as she sinks to the ground. Achilles’s face is masked and protected by his helmet; Penthesilea’s helmet is pushed back to expose her features and emphasize her vulnerability at this vital moment. Her spear passes harmlessly across Achilles’s chest, while his pierces her throat and blood spurts out. According to a later version of the story, at this very moment the eyes of the two warriors met and they fell, too late, in love.
Ancient depiction of a female boxer above.
As for being topless, that was also the gladiatorial norm. “One of the rules of a gladiatorial fight was that women or men fought with bare chests,” Manas explained. Given the largely male audience for the competitions, however, perhaps there’s another reason why lady gladiators fought bare-chested.
A statue of Boudicca stands near Westminster Bridge in London.
Boudica was a queen of the British Iceni tribe who led an uprising against the occupying forces of the Roman Empire.
Quote by this blogger below:
His-Story tells us they were myth but their statues, records,graves, Godesses and ruins
are abundant with proofs of their existance.
I’m not sure as to why it seems like there was so much fighting in those days and why women were involved in warfare. This is considered taboo and not a topic you want to talk about at a dinner party. It could be a number of things that motivated these women to fight; we may never know the true story of this His-Story. -Sola
If you look at some of these ancient classical art works above, it looks like the weapons of the female warriors were broken off naturally, accidentally or purposely?
Anatolia, Turkey – Sedat Bornovalı
Breastplate above of the Hindu Goddess Varahi 18th or 19th century Kerala, India.
Another Hindu Indian Breastplate
A few more samples of different female breastplates below
Hindu Warrior Queen : Rani Durgavati of Gondwana
Founded in 1964, the Rani Durgavati Museum of Jabalpur is dedicated to the memory of the great Queen. The Rani Durgavati University of Jabalpur was named after her.
Rani Durgavati was born on October 5, 1524 in the family of famous Rajput Chandel Emperor Keerat Rai. She was born at the fort of Kalanjar (Banda,UP). Chandel Dynasty is famous in the Indian History for the defense of king Vidyadhar ,who repulsed the Muslim attacks of Mahmud Ghaznavi.
Al-Kahina (c.654- c.702) was a Berber queen of the region then known as Numidia, in modern day Algeria. She became the war leader of the Berber tribes in the 680s, and faced off the Islamic armies in their conquest of north Africa. The Arabs, led by Hasan Ibn al-Nu’man marched from Egypt and defeated the Byzantines in Carthage. Searching for more enemies, he was told that the single most powerful ruler of North Africa was the queen of the beer era, Al-Kahina. She delivered a crushing defeat to the Arabs, forcing them to retreat their broken army to Libya, where they hid and regrouped for five years. Knowing that the Arabs would return, in greater numbers, she took the fatal decision of embarking on a scorched earth campaign, losing her the support of Oasis dwelling tribes, and hastening her defeat. After her death, she became the center of many myths and legends.
THE BLACK AMAZON QUEEN AFTER WHOM CALIFORNIA IS NAMED.
People in general who knows about this legend see it as hidden history, while others see it as myth. Currently to this day their are debating the vility of her existence. One source maintains that the Spaniards upon arriving along the California shores saw a number of Black people with ships. They asked the Indians who were they and the Indians replied that these “black, curly haired people,” were of the land (California) and traded with people across the sea (the Pacific Ocean) by sailing back and forth.
Where were these Black Californians going to in the Pacific? It is most likely they were trading with people in Hawaii or as far as the South Pacific where the Black population has always been very large and very widespread. In fact when Magellan arrived in the Filipines, there were large numbers of Negritos who were well organized and according to some sources a strong population (African Presence in Early Asia, edt. by Ivan Van Sertima, Runoko Rashidi).
Maynard Dixon/Frank Von Sloun mural, Room of the Dons, San Francisco: Photos, Collection Galleries, Califia San, Historical Photo, Queens, Meeting Queen, Sloun Murals, Queen Califia.
You can find The Queen Califia’s history/legend in this book >”Las Sergas de Esplanian,” or “The Adventures of Esplandian,” written by Garcia Ordonez de Montalvo. It was published in 1510 in Spain. Columbus and his men as well as people like Balboa and Peter Matyr do mention “Ethiopians” in the Caribbean, Darien region of Panama, the cost of South America, California and other areas. In fact, the Spaniard who mentions the legend of Queen Califia as being a Black Amazon Queen who ruled a land at the edge of the world, where the women were warriors and decked in gold.
Montalvo is said to have gotten a book that mentions Queen Calafia and her Black Amazon warriors. So therefor he was not the original author of Queen Califia’s history/legend. It must be older then the day is was published in 1510 Spain.
Queen Califia’s Magical Circle is a sculpture garden located in Escondido, California. It is one of the last works of French artist Niki de Saint Phalle. The garden is named after Califia, the fictional warrior queen of the mythical Island of California, and inspired by California’s rich history and culture. It includes a circular wall and maze entryway, ten large sculptures, and native trees and shrubs planted both inside the plaza and around the outer wall.
Her full name and title was Amnirense qore li kdwe li (“Ameniras, Qore and Kandake”)
She reigned from about 40 BCE to 10 BCE. She is one of the most famous kandakes, because of her role leading Kushite armies against the Romans from in a war that lasted five years, from 27 BCE to 22 BCE.
The Romans themselves were intrigued by Aminarenas, whom one source described as “a masculine sort of woman, blind in one eye.” Too Much like the Amazons of myth, she was a warrior queen who commanded her own soldiers in battle, something which many of them might never have seen before. She was covered in gold bracelets, rings and more.
While such a thing may have been commonplace in other kingdoms, to the Romans, it was something new. And a request to treat with Augustus himself no doubt earned Candace Aminarenas respect from the Romans; instead of engaging them in battle like other barbarians might have done, they commanded respect and gave it in return.
As the Romans may not have expected this, so they might not have expected a queen outside of Egypt who ruled over such a wealthy and powerful kingdom.
According to a legend recorded by a writer called Pseudo-Callisthenes, in 332 BC, Alexander the Great headed south of Egypt planning to conquer the kingdoms in the region of Nubia, or Kush.
His plans were thwarted, however, by the warrior queen Candace of Meroe . “She would not let him enter Ethiopia and warned him not to despise them because they were black for, “We are whiter and brighter in our souls than the rest of you.”
Dahomey’s Women Warriors
For the better part of 200 years, thousands of female soldiers fought and died to expand the borders of their West African kingdom. Even their conquerors, the French, acknowledged their “prodigious bravery.”
The Dahomey Amazons or Mino were a Fon all-female military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey in the present-day Republic of Benin which lasted until the end of the 19th century. They were so named by Western observers and historians due to their similarity to the semi-mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea.
Queen Nzinga of Ndongo and Matamba (1583-1663) was an Angolan Queen. She was the daughter of the King , and was exposed to war and politics at an early age. When the Portuguese built a fort on her land, she led a diplomatic party in name of her ruling brother, to try and get them to withdraw. She also wished for several african slaves captured by the Portuguese to be returned. Despite the Portuguese attempts of outsmarting her during the negotiations, she proved a worthy diplomat, and made the Portuguese sign a treaty accepting all of her conditions. However, the Portuguese did not honor the treaty, and Nzinga’s brother killed himself in despair. She went on to succeed him, and made contact with the Dutch, creating a formal alliance against the Portuguese. She fought several battles, having an initial victory followed by a tragic defeat. However, with the arrival of Dutch reinforcements placed under her command, she destroyed the Portuguese army and laid siege to the colonial capital. However, the Portuguese were later able to retake the city with Brazilian forces, forcing her to retreat. She carried on her resistance until she was over 60 years old, causing much trouble and despair for the Portuguese. Eventually, she signed a leave treaty, and devoted herself to rebuilding her damaged nation, also resettling former slaves. She would go on to become a major Angolan hero after her death, being praised by Africans and Europeans alike for her military prowess, diplomatic skill, great intelligence, and strong will.
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Queen Nanny of the Maroons (c.1685-1755) was a Jamaican slave born in Ghana. She was captured as a child, and sold into slavery where she worked at a sugar came plantation, until she and some close friends decided to escape further inland, into an area known as the Blue Mountains. There already existed Marion communities in Jamaica, the Maroons being the descendants of escaped slaves mixed with native Jamaican tribes. Once Nanny and her friends escaped, they separated, each one taking leadership of a small Maroon community. She founded Nanny Town, and successfully defended the community from several British raids, despite being in numerical inferiority. The Maroon community under her leadership prospered, her people living off farming, hunting, trading at local markets, and raiding plantations. She also organized and led many raids, freeing slaves and allowing them to join her community. After her death, the colonial authorities recognized the Maroon’s sovereignty over their 5 main towns, including Nanny Town. He has since become a Jamaican Heroine.
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Amazon helmet – Phrygia, Anatolia
Researchers at the University of Western Australia decided to revamp the way they studied Viking remains. Previously, researchers had misidentified skeletons as male simply because they were buried with their swords and shields. (Female remains were identified by their oval brooches, and not much else.) By studying osteological signs of gender within the bones themselves, researchers discovered that approximately half of the remains were actually female warriors, given a proper burial with their weapons.
In the ancient world, women’s armor were quite common even in Europe.
Lady Fu Hao was one of the many wives of King Wu Ding of the Shang dynasty and, unusually for that time, also served as a military general and high priestess.
Quimbaya breastplate of beaten gold, Colombia.
Peruvian queen. Old engraving
In the sixteenth century conquistadors encountered in the region of Mato Grosso in Brazil tribe or tribes of Amazon warriors women they will eventually kill them.
Running Eagle (c.1820-c.1850) was a Native American female war chief. She was born with the name Brown Weasel Woman, and was the daughter of a respected warrior. He spent most of we childhood and early teen years learning her chores from be mother, such as cleaning, skinning, etc. One day however, she accompanied her father on training, and requested a bow to prove herself. She was granted a bow, and was surprisingly good despite no previous training. She often joined the warriors at their training, and before long she was accepted amongst the ranks of the tribal warriors, accompanying them on buffalo hunts. During one ill dyed hint however, her hunting party was ambushed by rival Flatbead Indians, who shot her fathers horse while they were fleeing. She turned back and rescued her father (and his buffalo meat), though he would later die from his injuries. She went on to take a ‘wife’ to care for her sick mother while she rouse in the warrior ranks, eventually becoming the first female war chief in recorded history. She successfully led the Blackfoot tribe on countless raids, stealing many horses, and killing many enemies. She died while leading a raid against enemy Flathead Indians, being clubbed in the back of the head.
Women of the Wild West
What options did a woman have if her mate left or past away? She obviously was left to fend for her self and children if she couldn’t find another mate or constantly be lucky enough to be surrounded by males (tribe/family) as a protector. – Sola
I personally know a few women warrior/ amazon stories by heart that are not listed here. This should be taught in schools. This reality exist in all cultures from Ancient to modern times. -sola Unfortunately this is a topic that people in general, for what ever reason doesn’t want to recognize.- Sola