Speed draw of ancient Spartan warriors.
Speed draw of a very unlikely enlistment poster…
Speed draw of a Roman legionary from the eastern provinces…
…and speed draw of a scifi Roman legionary.
Speed draw showing infantry of the Seleucid Empire during the 166 BC Daphne Parade.
Speed draw showing the evolution of ancient Roman and Chinese military gear.
Achilles is the best of the Greeks in the Iliad: the fastest, the strongest, the most warlike. He fights like a god (Zeus is his great-grandfather, after all), he excels at winning, he excels at taking – men’s lives and their booty. He is the best his world has to offer.
But he cannot handle loss. When robbed of his spear-won prize Briseis, the best he can do is cry out to his goddess mother, and sulk, hopefully robbing Agamemnon of his victory. And when he loses the great love of his life Patroclus, he flies into murderous rage: he slays horse-breaker Hector in revenge (fair enough), but also horribly abuses the corpse, and even burns alive 12 Trojan boys in his bereavement. When he loses, when things are taken from him, he responds the only way he knows how: double down and take right back. Continue reading “on give and take”
Speed draw of how to arm a late Roman infantryman.
Speed draw of an early Byzantine imperial guardsman.
Speed draw of the warriors of Greco-Baktria, a mysterious Greek kingdom now lost in the Afghan hills.