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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                IMA Rapids Gazette: San., Dtc. 8, 1J7< 1 A fit's Your Women Gladiators D ._ t.. r Meetings (his week of public, fax-spending agencies Monday <4 Health center-United Way budget panel No. -I 1. Special meeting. Lower level conference room, Linn Health center, 400 Third avenue SE. 1 4 p.m. Board of directors of tho Cedar Rapids Community school district. Work session. Educational ji Service center, 346 Second avenue SW. Tuesday a.m. Cedar Rapids city council. Informal meeting, Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. i II a.m. Cedar Rapids airport commission. Regu- lar meeting. Room 202, terminal building, Cedar Rapids airport. II a.m. Linn supervisors. Open session. Room 103, courthouse. Linn supervisors. Monthly visit to tho county care facility. Nien Health center board of directors. Regular meeting. Lower level conference room, Linn Health center. Community development priorities committee. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. p.m. College Community schools board of directors. Regular meeting. Prairie high school library. p.m. Linn-Mar community schools board of education. Regular meeting. Central administration off- Ice. 8 p.m. Hiawatha planning and zoning comrnis- slon. Regular meeting. Hiawatha city hall mayor's off- Ice. Wednesday 9 a.m. Cedar Rapids city council. Regular-meet- ing. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. Noon Cedar Rapids city recreation commission. Regular meeting. Elks Club. p.m. Linn supervisors. Informal session. Room 103, courthouse. p.m. Hoover Health council board of direc- tors. Regular meeting. Oakdale conference room, Oakdale hospital. Thursday 4 p.m. Kirkwood Community college board of ;i directors. Regular meeting. Board room, Linn hall. p.m. Community development priorities committee. Fourth floor council chambers, city hall. Friday .11 a.m, Cedar Rapids urban renewal board. Sixth floor conference room, city hall. 1 p.m. East Central Iowa Area Crime commls- i sion. Regular meeting. Basement conference room, Ru- i ral Electric Co-op building, edge of Marlon on highway I Antarctic Is 5th Largest Continent The Antarctic was 'found to nac says. Antarctica has an be a continent by Charles area of 5.5 million square Wilkes who led the first miles percent of the American exploring expedi- earth's land surface) which tlon there in January and Feb- makes it the fifth largest of ruajy the World Alma- the seven continents. By Nino Lo Bcllo Special to Tin Goiclt. ROME Like lady bull- 'fighters and female law on- I forcement officers who have g come into their own lately, an- clent Rome's women gladia- 8 tors though not rcmem- bered in song and story are at last being accorded official recognition. Tourists can now visit a hitherto forbidden collection, once classified as "porno- of statues of gladi- j ator girls and Amazon war- jj riors, which have been put on permanent display at the Unt- il versity of Rome. The women J will also soon be tho subject of i a book by two Roman schol- i ars. i "Besides being examples of i precious art from olden i said a university spokesman, "our statues be- stow a belated honor to the unnumbered thousands of those swordswomen who for- i felted their lives on the sandy i floor of the Colosseum, where the gruesome games .of .mil-. i tual destruction played to i standing room only." Good Sport The Romans may have been the first to recognize that the female of the species could provide good sport in tho ring when tho occasion required. And in Caesar's time tho occa- sion was frequent. Often a no- bleman throwing a feast would rent a pair of gladia- trlxes to duel when dinner was over. Crossing blades right there In the dining room, the two would duel until one fell. The near-demented Caligula maintained that this kind of interlude lent a rare zest to his .revels. Not until .200 A.D. were bouts Involving women forbidden: by Imperial edict. For. several decades thereaft- er, the practice nevertheless continued, spuriously and privately. According to scholars, recruits for the gladiatorial stadiums came from a .number of sources. The men were usually prisoners-of-war, while the women were hos- tages. In addition, the ranks of condemned criminals also provided many candidates for the arena, Women sentenced to servo as gladiators rarely survived, so that their career In tho arena was actually a deferred penalty for serious offenses ranging from adul- tery to murder. Although this type of pun- ishment was severe, a doomed prisoner was better off, for she at least had a slim chance of getting out alive. If she performed well for a certain number of years, freedom was her eventual reward. Training Schools Churchill on Display Hf ACITTATrTTirVM T_ i- i 9.. WASHINGTON (AP) In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Nov. 30 b'irth of Winston Churchill, the National Por- trait gallery has mounted a small display Including a portrait and photos taken through his long lifetime. The show will remain on j: view through January hi the second floor rotunda of the I gallery; a Smithsonian institu- S tion branch. Its portrait of Churchill was painted from life In 1946 by i Douglas Chandor in Miami and New York. The painting was commissioned by Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of a triptych to include the Big Three of the Yalta conference. Chandor first painted Roosevelt In 1945; that portrait is also In the gallery's collec- tion. But Stalin refused to sit, and the project was never completed. Each of the photographs displayed with the portrait is accompanied by an appropri- ate them: About his mother: "My picture of her In Ireland is in a riding habit, fitting like a skin and often beautifully spotted with mud. .My mother always seemed to me a fairy princess: a radiant being possessed i in limitless riches and power. .1 loved her dearly but at a dist- ance." About the bombardment of the Normandy coast: "This is rather like sending a rude letter and being there when it arrives." About eating: "My idea of a good dinner is, first to have good food, then discuss good food, and after this good food has been elaborately dis- cussed, to discuss a good topic with myself as chief con- versationalist." Arena girls were trained in special gladiator schools centered around Capua near Naples, where clever teaching techniques were employed. For instance, weapons used in training were heavier than the ones used on stage. The wom- en' were also taught to fight with one hand tied behind the back or on their knees. Thus, when the real match took place, they would have none of these disadvantages to cope with and therefore would be more agile. Left-handed fighting was taught to the girls so that their male adversaries usually right-handed dwarfs or blacks from Africa could be thrown off balance. Since a healthy fighter usually brought on bigger purses and, naturally, pride and prestige to the trainers the bodily well-being of each undergraduate was a primary goal. All attention, therefore, was directed to one end the delivery of a superior fighting creature who would put on a good show for Rome's distort- ed sense of sport. In their days such arena wildcats as Paulina, Saplenta, Perpetua, Flaviana and the fabulous Gerardesca Manutius of Syracuse stood among the greatest Colosseum stars. Gerardesca, while killing some 200 opponents, got lots of attention and stayed in the limelight for 11 months until she herself was felled in a bout with two dwarfs. The Rome university classi- cal statue collection, giving recognition to Women's Lib in its own belated way, is open weekday mornings only from a.m. to noon. SALE On A Truoly Fine 'Piano That Will Make A Gift For The Entire Family To Enjoy HOBART M. CABLE 41" Console Pianos Regular A Product of Story and Clark This Week Only Hurry in this week and save. This piano has direct action and comes in a wide selection of styles and finishes: Walnut, pecan, and maple. 889 INCLUDES BENCH and DELIVERY YS MUSIC TIME" 116 2nd St. SE Open Monday Thru Friday until 9 p.m. 363-2667 If A Farm Is 'For Sdle' It's In Classified Your Home with Beauty from Bezdek's We have helped eastern lowans say 'Merry Christmas" for over 75 years! The Traditional Christmas Favorite POINSETTIAS Radiant shades of red, white Make your selections soon! 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