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Colosseum: The Gladiatrix (S1EP4 History Sunday August 7, 2022)

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The Gladiatrix: The audience is treated to a unique spectacle when the mighty Emperor Trajan hosts his grand games in 107 AD: female gladiators. Normally, the players are POWs, but in one match, a Roman woman by the name of Mevia makes history. She makes the controversial and shocking decision to give up her status as a free citizen of Rome in order to compete as a gladiator, earning the wrath of Juvenal, a satirist and historian of ancient Rome. Her decision serves as an example of the difficulties plebian life presented to Roman women.

Airdate: Sunday August 7, 2022 at 21:00 on History

Season 1 Episode 4

The eight-part series vividly brings to life the rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the lens of one of the most exhilarating and brutal arenas in the history of humanity–the Colosseum. From the savage truth of a gladiator’s life as a slave-warrior to the fascinating ways Rome’s Emperors used the vast amphitheater to demonstrate total power, "Colosseum" offers viewers a unique and personal look inside history’s most iconic empire. Each episode pinpoints one of eight key and diverse characters–all based on real people from history. Spanning several hundred years, the series unfolds chronologically, from the arena’s astonishing opening day to its very last games. "Colosseum" utilizes dramatic live action sequences and special effects to infuse excitement into the personal narrative of each historic character. The premium series features commentary with leading experts, world-renowned scholars and more.