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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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Sam Phillips, the founder of the label Sun Records, poses with Elvis Presley. Courtesy of Tom Salva/Little Brown & Co hide caption

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The Man And The Mistakes That 'Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

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Taye Diggs' Child Served As Inspiration For 'Mixed Me'

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Putting It All On The Table: Author Recalls A Food-Obsessed Family

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Ta-Nehisi Coates On His Work And The Painful Process Of Getting Conscious

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Nordic items clockwise from top left: sugared cloudberries; Norwegian thick salt-pork pancakes, waffles; thick oven-baked pancake; blood pancakes; pancake torte. Erik Olsson hide caption

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In 'The Nordic Cookbook,' An In-Depth Take On Region's Diverse Cuisine

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Carly Simon: 'I'm Constantly Reemerging In My Life'

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Author David Mitchell's Number9Dream and Cloud Atlas were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Paul Stuart /Deckle Edge hide caption

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Soul-Sucking Vampires Of David Mitchell's 'Slade House' Started On Twitter

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Comedian Aziz Ansari says while online dating has its problems, "1 out of 3 people that get married now, they meet their spouse through online dating. So you could look at it like, oh, well, there's an insane amount of love that would not even be there had it not been for these things." Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Aziz Ansari: Talking Modern Love With The 'Master Of None'

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