Question: Do you like movies about gladiators? Between the historical stuff, the sword-clashing violence and the curvy temptresses, how can you not? Speaking of those temptresses—and in honor of Spartacus returning to Starz this Friday night—allow us to present our all-time favorite gladiator babes. Warning: you might need a shield from all this sexiness.
Viva Bianca, Spartacus With a name like “Viva Bianca,” you pretty much have to be hot. Throw in an Australian accent and a bathtub, and you’ve got our attention.
Connie Nielsen, Gladiator This Danish beauty was in Gladiator. Which is why we can show you this picture.
Lucy Lawless, Spartacus You may know her as Lucretia on Spartacus. Or Xena on Xena: Warrior Princess. Or even Diane on Parks and Recreation. That’s right, this warrior princess is Ron Swanson-approved.
Lena Headey, 300 Hot: check. British: check. Tattoos: check. Appeared in a gladiator-type movie: check. Yep, she fulfills all our dating requirements…
Katrina Law, Spartacus This smokin’ Jersey girl plays Mira on Spartacus. That’s it. Enjoy the picture.
Diane Kruger, Troy There aren’t many women with big parts in Troy, but for the face that launched a thousand ships, Wolfgang Petersen went with this German thespian. Good choice, Wolfgang.
Lesley-Ann Brandt, Spartacus She’s just your typical South African/New Zealander with a penchant for yoga, baseball and field hockey. Oh, and incredibly sexy legs.
Silvana Mangano, Barabbas However you say “voluptuous” in Italian, that’s what she was.
Sybil Danning, Hercules (1983) In the ’80s, no one rocked a super high-waisted bikini bottom like Danning.
Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Spartacus Fun fact: Cynthia replaced Lesley-Ann Brandt as Naevia on Spartacus. To which everyone replied, “Naevia, you look different… yet equally hot.”
Susan Hayward, Demetrius and the Gladiators That Demetrius was a fortunate man.
Jean Simmons, Spartacus (1960) Not to be confused with Gene Simmons, this British stunner appeared in the 1960 movie with Kirk Douglas. Atta Kirk.
Erin Cummings, Spartacus In addition to portraying the wife of Spartacus, this Texan also played Don Draper’s call girl of choice on Mad Men. We’re sure she was worth every penny.
Debra Paget, Demetrius and the Gladiators Paget was famous for being Elvis Presley’s first leading lady in Love Me Tender. She also looked pretty good on a ladder.
Pam Grier, The Arena In 1974’s The Arena, Pam Grier plays a female gladiator who doesn’t wear much clothing. Like, at all. Go ahead, Netflix it.
Rossana Podesta, Alone Against Rome We’d like to be alone against Rome… against her.