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Historian Mary Beard says real gladiator competitions were probably not as brutal as the film Gladiator (starring Russell Crowe) would have us believe. Still, she says, "I loved Gladiator and I thought its depiction of gladiatorial combat, although it was an aggrandizing picture, was cleverly and expertly done." Universal/Getty Images hide caption

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From Gladiator Duels To Caesar's Last Words: The Myths Of Ancient Rome

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No Meekness Here: Meet Rosa Parks, 'Lifelong Freedom Fighter'

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A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

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'Not Without My Daughter' Subject Grows Up, Tells Her Own Story

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How Do We Get To Love At 'First Bite'?

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French Bulldog At Heart Of New Children's Book 'Naughty Mabel'

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'Welcome To Where We From': Chicago Through The Eyes Of A Poet

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Barbra Streisand On 'Fresh Air' (2012)

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