submitted on 25 July 2014
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The Roman Standard (Latin: Signum or Signa Romanum) was a pennant, flag, or banner, suspended or attached to a staff or pole, which identified a Roman legion (infantry) or Equites (cavalry). The Standard of a cavalry unit was emblazoned with the symbol of the serpent (Draconarius) while a legion of infantry was represented by a totemic animal... [continue reading]
Over many centuries and across many territories the Romans were able to win an astonishing number of military victories and their success was due to several important factors. Italy was a peninsula not easily attacked, there was a huge pool of fighting men to draw upon, a disciplined and innovative army, a centralised command and line of supply, expert engineers... [continue reading]
Though the Battle of Cynocephalae in 197 BCE is often cited as the birth of the Roman Empire, the equally famous Battle of Actium is a better candidate. With the overthrow of the last Roman king, the Roman Republic was ruled by a senate and assembly from 509 BCE until Julius Caesar's appointment as Dictator in 44 BCE. The battle of Cynocephalae in 197... [continue reading]
published on 15 April 2014
The battle for Sicily rages on as titanic fleets face off! The naval arms race escalates, culminating in one of the largest naval battles in history! Part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOk6ppoQrkw Part 2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2Qdf75r_3I Part 3 - This Video Sources: "The Fall of Carthage" by Adrian Goldsworthy "In the Name of Rome"... [continue reading]
Fast, manoeuvrable, and with a bronze-sheathed ram on the prow, the trireme (Greek triērēs) was the devastating warship which permitted Athens to build her maritime empire and dominate the Aegean in the 5th century BCE. Most scholars credit the Phoenicians with first inventing the trireme which was itself an adaptation of the earlier bireme... [continue reading]
published on 05 May 2013
The hull of the Olympias, a full-scale reconstruction of an ancient Greek trireme warship. The principal strategy in battle of the trireme was to sink or damage the oars of an enemy vessel using the bronze ram fixed to the ship's prow. Triremes were used throughout antiquity and used most famously in the Battle of Salamis in 480 BCE when the allied Greek fleet defeated that of Persian king Xerxes.
The Creative Assembly
published on 14 May 2013
This is a 3D rendition of how a Trireme ramming another ship in classical sea battles may have looked.