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  • Update For New Medieval Merchandise and Promos

    Posted on March 3rd, 2011 admin No comments

    Well It is a new month and the Ren Fairs are storming the castles everywhere, Busy year for all of us so far, just got new inventory last week if you already haven’t noticed our two new additions to the Medieval Costumes & Gifts Family, the Arthurian Knight Helmet and the Norman Helmet with Chain mail. Both helmets are 18 gauge steel and feature brass accents, they would make a fine addition to your medieval collection or would simply look great on top of a mantel. So be sure to check those out!

    Also new month means new helmet of the month! SAVE 15% this month on a brand new Corinthian Helmet! Just use the promo Code "Helmet03" to receive your 15% off discount!

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  • Armor Helmets of the Ancient Greeks

    Posted on February 10th, 2011 admin No comments

    Helmets in Ancient Greece were manufactured to be sturdy in battle and intimidate the enemy. The medieval styles varied slightly, but were mostly made of tough bronze and accented with a tall plume.

    The Italic Corinthian helmet is most noted for its tall plume which ran into a long ponytail design at the tail end. The front of the helmet featured wide cheek protectors which came around from the sides of the helmet, nearly touching near the nose and mouth. This style of helmet offered small eye slits for the warrior to see in battle. Although fairly useful as a protective measure, the helmet pieces covering the eyes and ears made it hard for warriors to see and hear while fighting.

    Hoplites were Ancient Greek citizen soldiers. Their helmets were similar to the Corinthian helmet, but usually with less decoration. If a plume was present, it was usually tan or off-white. Their helmet style was made to cover the majority of their face and head as these soldiers were usually the men standing at the front of the battle lines. Hoplite soldiers braced themselves against attack with large shields and spears. They usually did receive some military training, but were mostly responsible for their own weapons and armor.

    Armor from Ancient Greece kept the same basic style throughout history. The tall plume, usually accented with a ponytail end, defined the majority of their helmets. These plumes along with broad cheek guards define the Greek helmets. These distinctive features make it easy for Greek armor collectors to find and gather more items for their collections.

    Like the Corinthian Greek Helmet in the above picture, well be sure to check the other Greek helmets we have in stalk so you can start your very own collection! Only at Medieval Costumes & Gifts!

  • Greek Gods and Goddesses, Human Characteristics to Myth

    Posted on January 10th, 2011 admin No comments

    Greek gods and goddesses were created by ancient Greek cultures as a way to explain why and how things in their world were happening. At the time of their inception, they were not written down and so the history of the gods was passed verbally from one generation to the next. Often, Ancient Greek cities erected giant temples in honor of the specific god or goddess their city was dedicated to. These temples were used for worship as well as sacrifices to pay homage to the god.

    Since most ancient societies of the time had their own set of gods and goddesses, many of the names are nearly interchangeable. Zeus is almost always the supreme god and then his followers trickle down with various names. These gods held human characteristics and were said to have mingled amongst the humans at times, but always returning to their home. Each god or goddess was given their own aspect of life to be responsible for. There is Aphrodite the goddess of love,  Ares the Greek god of war,  Poseidon the god of the sea and many more.

    Amongst the first documented stories of Greek mythology were Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey. The Iliad focuses on the Trojan Wars and how the gods influenced each side of the war. The Odyssey is the sequel to the Iliad, depicting the Greek hero, Odysseus’ long trek home from the Trojan wars. These stories documented, for one of the first times, the history of Ancient Greek mythology.

    Greek mythology had a huge influence on the culture, life and art of the time. Artists were constantly making paintings, vases, sculptures and temples in honor of certain gods. Citizens spent portions of their days honoring the gods in order to not anger them. Any catastrophe suffered by a family or city was said to be because the people angered the gods.

    Greek mythology still influences art and culture today. Artists look at ancient Greek sculpture and art for inspiration. These items have survived thousands of years, many mostly intact. The ancient society must have been doing something correctly. Literature and movies are still influenced by these ancient stories as well.  The stories behind each Greek god began as oral traditions, but have become some of the most studied and published works in human society. Feel free to Check out our store, Medieval Costumes & Gifts, to see our new enchanted Greek Goddess costume!

  • What makes a Hero, Beginning with the Ancient Greeks

    Posted on December 28th, 2010 admin No comments

    What Does The Term "Hero" Mean?

    Hero is generally used in two ways. One describes warriors that have more strength and courage than other warriors. The other is to set aside people who are better than others in their moral, physical, or intellectual qualities. No other word has come close in meaning to this word or has been based on this word.

    In Greece, centuries ago, Ancient Greek Heroes were part of a special cult in which they were fastened to its religious beliefs and life. These heroes have been analyzed via a lot of different theories throughout the years. Many believe that these heroes were dreamed up characters of history. Others would argue that the were simply symbols of natures forces. Most authorities stand by the belief that these heroes were "depotentiated" or disgraced gods who were forced to be placed somewhere between god and men. Rohde, in Psych, states that the Ancient Greek Heroes are simply the souls of the dead, which are waiting to enter a more meaningful universe upon being separated from their human body. However, only important and impressive men of the past fit into the minority that was allowed to reach the rank of hero after death. Local cults maintained the belief in worship of these heroes, known as ancestor worship. They were able to preserve it into the pre-Homeric times. In truth, seldom is a god disgraced to the rank of a hero. If they were, they were not considered a real hero to be worshiped by a cult. In order to be worshiped by a cult, a person had to live the life of a man on the face of the earth. If they were to be worshiped, degraded gods would have go through this. In other words, to become a cult-hero, a god would have to go through the experience of death like other earth-born people. Basically, if being a man was not experienced, then being a god was not possible. Simply stated, a hero is the spirit of a dead man, not a degraded god. The exist in a class completely separate from the class between gods and men.

    There are many different ways in describing a hero and nobody knows for sure what makes a hero, but what we do know is that heroes are what we all wish to become, outstanding moral figures that will be remembered throughout history. The hero is what inspires all of us, during the medieval time period heroes were embedded in a warriors armor and also the stained glass of a castle or sanctuary.
     

  • The Birth of an Empire Beginning with the Ancient Romans

    Posted on December 20th, 2010 admin No comments

    Empire, is a term used to describe a large state, often one with complex characteristics, that may or may not be ruled by an emperor. Examples of the different types of states include a federation like the German empire, a unitary state such as Russia, and even a loose commonwealth of united but free states having their own dependencies, like the British empire. For many centuries Church documents were based on the Apocalyptic writings, which generally accepted the notion of a cycle of four empires. However, there was no absolute agreement that the cycle included the Assyrian, Persian, Macedonian, and Roman empires. The concept of an Empire originated with the Romans. Alexander’s empire had in fact somewhat foreseen the Roman empire. Later in life, Alexander formulated the idea of both the European and Asiatic empires. His notion was that the European and Asiatic people should be ruled equally by one monarch rather than having the Asiatics dominated by Europe’s invasion. They should ignore the distinction between Greek and barbarian and look upon their own king by both Persians and Macedonians. The cosmopolitan philosophy of Cynicism agreed, as did the notion of Stoicism later as practiced in the Roman empire. Like the Caesars before him, Alexander taught the ways of an Oriental court to his Western people and claimed and received recognition of his personal divinity. Unfortunately, his empire only endured for about ten years, dying with him in 323. It was divided among Diadochi, who, although they were heirs to Alexander’s policy in some respects (such as the Hellenization of the East), did not understand the imperial concept Alexander’s work was that of a forerunner rather than a founder. He paved the way for the vast Roman empire and made the formation of a universal religion possible. Throughout the middle ages, these two factors combined to create the concept known as an Empire.

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