sábado, 4 de junio de 2016

ANCIENT ROME. GLADIATOR GAMES




RETIARIUS OR NET-FIGHTER

He was the most vulnerable of all gladiators. He  had only a shoulder-guard (galerus) on his left arm to protect him. He used his left hand for his trident (a harpoon for tuna fishing) and dagger. He held a net in his right hand. Lightly armed he moved quickly. He customarily fought the heavily-armed secutor.




SECUTOR OR PURSUER
 He wore a helmet with a crest and carried a sword and heavy shield. His left leg was well protected by a leather or metal guard. Leather bands covered his arms often only at the wrists and elbows. Heavily armed he was well protected but slow in action













MURMILLO or FISH FIGHTER

He wore a helmet with a crest or fish-shaped logo. Murmillo is Greek for a type of fish. He carried a sword and small shield. His chest was unprotected by armor but his right sword arm and left leg, the most vulnerable limbs in a fight, were covered. Often both legs had coverings.








Now that you have learnt a few things about gladiator games in Rome, try to prove your ability in the following link.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/#ancient

If you want to do more activities about Rome , click on that link:
Roman Worksheets

jueves, 26 de mayo de 2016

The Judgement of Paris






THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS was a contest between the three most beautiful goddesses of Olympos--Aphrodite, Hera and Athena--for the prize of a golden apple addressed to "the fairest"

The story begins at the Wedding of Peleus and Thetis to which all of the gods were invited, all except Eris, the goddess of discord. When she appeared at the festivities, she was turned away, and in her anger cast a golden apple amongst the assembled goddesses addressed "To the Fairest." Three goddesses laid claim to the apple--Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. Zeus was asked to mediate and he commanded Hermes to lead the three goddesses to Paris of Troy to decide the issue. The three goddesses appearing before the shepherd prince, each offering him gifts for favour. Hera,- Zeus’s wife- promised him  if he ruled in her favour, that he would rule all the lands and dominate the rest in wealth; Athena –the goddess of wisdom-  said to him , if she left the winner, that he would be the strongest among mortals and know every skill; Aphrodite – the goddess of Love , however, promised that he would marry Helen, daughter of Tyndareus, the most beautiful woman in the world. Paris preferred this last gift to the previous ones and ruled Afrodite was the prettiest. Because of this, Juno [Hera] and Minerva [Athena] were angry with the Trojans.  Paris Alexander, at the prompting of Venus [Aphrodite], took Helen from his host Menelaus from Lacedaemon to Troy, and married her.