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  • The Fierce lives of the Roman Gladiator

    Posted on January 27th, 2011 admin 2 comments

    Throughout the Medieval age, fighting events were very popular amongst the kingdom/Empire, Men Who were mainly stripped and given little armor would have to fight to the death to become an ultimate warrior of the arena. These men were slaves and were used for only public amusement.

    Beginning in the Late Bronze age (Fall of Greece – Rise of the Roman Empire) "Gladiators" were common, and were forced into warriors that would later fight each other to the death in an open arena. The rush of adrenaline to survive spread through the men, fighting with all their power, the slicing of limbs and bleeding gouges drenched the arena, the whaling of the crowd, but the fate of life and death is only held in the hand of the Emperor, who is visibly engaged in the fighting and performance of the gladiators.Ever wonder where the thumbs signal came from, well after an epic gladiator battle the Emperor would make a decision whether the warrior would live or die. There is a controversy over the whole idea of thumbs up and thumbs down (Spare the warriors life, Kill him). The famous painting that lead to the pop culture of the thumbs signal, was by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1872) which misleads viewers that thumbs down was a negative reaction and thumbs up was a positive reaction, though historians disagree and leave the subject open for discussion. No matter what gesture it was the tired and injured men would be scared to see the emperor’s final decision.

    Over the years these combat fighting events would get even more popular, during the middle ages with jousting to even today with boxing (though they may not fight to the death, many events like these were inspired by ancient Gladiator battles).

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  • 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.

  • Greek and Roman Armor of the Fearless Soldiers

    Posted on December 8th, 2010 admin No comments

    Soldiers during the medieval time period, did not have access to any high-tech weapons or armor seen today. They had to rely on bigger armies, battle strategy, and strength and skill to defeat their enemies on the battlefield. Because there was such a need, weapons and armor were constantly being developed and improved. Soldiers often wore armor that made them look scary to intimidate the enemy soldiers in combat. Replicas are available for some armor pieces today, and people like to collect and display them.

    Medieval soldiers might have used human and animal bones to decorate themselves and create a terrifying image. They sometimes made helmets from skull bones of animals or men with larger heads than them for protection and further intimidation. It was very frightening but bone is not strong enough to be very effective head protection. Metal is a better material to protect the head but these soldiers used what they had. Scaring the enemy or shrouding oneself in mystery was a big part of warfare.

    An army or a tribe could acquire a reputation for being "supernatural" or evil and enemies would enter battles nervous and scared. Terror was a good way to get an advantage on the battlefield because frightened soldiers may not fight as well as they would otherwise.

    Over time, people created new types of armor with metals and leather which is much lighter in weight. Ancient Greek soldiers had breastplates with muscles carved and shaped right into them. They looked incredibly strong and fit, and this was intimidating to their enemies. They combined this with a helmet which added height to their appearance, so they looked like muscular, tall fearless men to their opponents.

    The bronze age brought increased control when making metal helmets and armor. Soldiers had scary looking horns or points attached to helmets to look frightening. These spikes were not really for stabbing enemies but the enemies didn’t know that! They could definitely cause damage in close combat. These frightening head adornments were mostly worn to strike fear into the heart of the opponent in battle.

  • Medieval Weapons of the Dark and Middle Ages

    Posted on November 29th, 2010 admin No comments

    “Lay down our weapons? If you want them, come and get them.”

    (480 BC) King Leonidas and his 300 Spartans at the Battle of Thermopylae.

    Judging by this quote, weapons are one of the most important accessories to war, no great warrior would go to battle without his sword or other kind of weaponry he/she might carry. From the dark ages to the middle ages there were many different kinds of weapons which included the famous sword, spear and flail or club; these weapons were designed for close range battle. There were also short bows and long bows that were weapons designed for distance and required skilled aiming. It took months even years of observation as well as practice to master one of these weapons.Over the years, weapons had enhanced in order to keep up with the different kinds of protection that was being used by foes. During the years of the spartan (about 480 BC) the common weapons that a soldier would carry would be a long spear, a short sword (secondary weapon) and their rounded shield. In the beginning of the middle ages (the 5th century) the common weapons used in this era included a large variety of different long range weapons which were spears, bows, cross bows and catapults. They also had a variety of different close range weapons that included a long sword, short sword, battle flail and daggers as well as muskets which didn’t start until the late middle ages (14th century). These are all just some of the medieval weapons used in ancient history, there are still more that were used and some that have yet to be discovered!

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  • Medieval Breastplate Armor

    Posted on November 24th, 2010 admin 1 comment

    Throughout history many different warriors have worn breastplates to protect their upper torso when at war. There were many different types of breastplates, designed to distinguish the warrior’s location and which kingdom or empire they stood for. During the Roman Empire breastplates were generally crafted from leather with a combination of steel inside, the outer design of the breastplate was that of a strong masculine torso, which was to intimidate the enemy. Most of the designs of Roman breastplates were influenced by Greek armor, which had the basic same craftsmanship. Plain leather breastplates were also used during both the ancient Rome and medieval time periods mainly in gladiator battles or just for common wear by officers or guards. The most popular steel breastplates were common during the middle ages worn by knights and Kings whenever they went into battle.

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