[project1dev] Re: roman gladiator

  • From: Alan Wolfe <alan.wolfe@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: project1dev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2009 08:56:44 -0700

That's rad (:

On Fri, Apr 17, 2009 at 7:11 AM, <figarus@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> A retiarius was a Roman gladiator who fought with equipment styled on that
> of a fisherman: a weighted net (rete, hence the name), a three-pointed
> trident, and a dagger (pugio). The retiarius fought lightly armoured,
> wearing an arm guard (manica) and a shoulder guard. Typically, his clothing
> consisted only of a loincloth held in place by a wide belt, or of a short
> tunic with light padding. He wore no head protection or footwear. The
> retiarius was routinely pitted against a heavily armed and armoured secutor.
> The net-fighter made up for his lack of protective gear by using his speed
> and agility to avoid his opponent's attacks and wait for the opportunity to
> strike. He first tried to throw his net over his rival. If this succeeded,
> he attacked with his trident while his adversary was entangled. Another
> tactic was to ensnare his enemy's weapon in the net and pull it out of his
> grasp, leaving the opponent defenceless. Should the net miss or the secutor
> grab hold of it, the retiarius likely discarded the weapon, although he
> might try to collect it back for a second cast. Usually, the retiarius had
> to rely on his trident and dagger to finish the fight. Retiarii first
> appeared in the arena during the 1st century AD and had become standard
> attractions by the 2nd or 3rd century. The gladiator's lack of armour and
> his reliance on evasive tactics made the retiarius the lowliest of an
> already stigmatised class.

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