Giulia Mazzoli, left, and Michele D'Orazio stage a fight. Mazzoli first got involved with gladiator re-creations by joining a group of women who dressed up as Roman matrons, or upper-class housewives. But she quickly transitioned into sword-wielding. Being a matron was boring, she says. This requires discipline, passion, responsibility.
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