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Vol. 1 Ch. 6
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Florence still has games of that "Roman-style football". 23 people per team, and the only illegal move is kicks to the head. Everything else is legit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=VVJEvtkFKBc

Hmm.. looking at the Wiki page "Strikes from behind or otherwise upon an unprepared opponent" is now also disallowed. So the amount of illegal moves has doubled since last I checked :o
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcio_Fiorentino
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@GrizzlyBurr that's kind of my point, Spartans were just another polis no one really cared about until Thermopylae when the myth of them being great warriors was born
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@Oured Roman give up phalanx after defeated by Gaul, thus they adopt the gladius formation. The spear formation in this chapter is not testudo neither, it is counter-cavalry formation of Eastern Roman legions which re-introduce spear for legionaries and developed new shield wall formation base on both testudo and phalanx but still flexible than classic phalanx and give more better ability against cavalry than testudo.

http://byzantinemilitary.blogspot.com/2017/04/the-byzantine-testudo-and-shield-wall.html
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@Alhazred23 the inaccuracy the author is talking about is the construction of the corazina's faulds. Basically, the wearer won't be able to raise one of their leg, spread their legs/straddle (for example to ride a horse) or bow or sit comfortably if the faulds (the skirt) are rectangular plates. Rectangular plates riveted to the velvet skirt can't splay, unless vents or slits are cut to the velvet lining and the leather straps on the faulds unbuckled.

Contemporary art suggests the faulds should be made of hoops riveted to the velvet so it can contract like an accordeon.

For further explanation:
https://youtu.be/E2oTy6dYPPE
Go to 4:10
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On one hand I love the zany antics of this but on the other... Sparta worship is so culturally toxic.

https://newrepublic.com/article/154563/sparta-myth-rise-fascism-trumpism
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The Phalanx wasn't effective for the Romans against enemies on horseback. You're thinking of Testudo formations, which were depicted in this chapter.
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Given what the author said about using a historically inaccurate pattern for Condotti's brigandine because it matches the reproduction that he owns - and the part about Spartan just making shit up - i think the author probably knows when he's making mistakes and does it anyway because his need to nerd out on historical accuracy doesn't totally override his desire to draw cool stuff he likes.
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Shitty Dr Pepper... or as it is more commonly known as, Dr Pepper
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@Nightdotexe So are modern guns, modern guns are superior to any medieval melee but you don't see those legionnaries using guns do you? The Roman legion after the Mariam reform done away with spear and only use gladius instead, they have pila yes but those things in this chapter are clearly spear, not pila. You can argue that the Triarii of the Roman legion pre-Mariam reform did use spear but they also used oval or round shields , not the rectangular or sub-rectangular shield of the early Roman empire, which by then have been gradually switched to the spatha, another kind of sword.
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@Nightdotexe, Roman legionaries after throw up phalanx formation, they mostly don't use spear, only triarii still use hasta (spear), after Marian Reform, non Roman legionaries use spear, only gladius and pilum / lancea, while the spears are still used by auxiliary units (non-Roman citizen soldiers). In the late Roman Empire era, after many battles with nomads at the Eastern Europe, many Eastern Roman legionaries reuse spear again.
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@tamago313 Spears are superior in a formation and warfare in general.
Most medieval-history nerds will say this and the author is an medieval-history nerd.
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I love this series.
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@JKLO Those are not pila, a pilum has different shape. Those are hastae, many Roman units in the eastern front re-adopted hasta (spear) to counter the nomad cavalry.
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Huh, I didn't know 'polis' had a plural form, I've been wrong for so long...
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@tamago313 I think those are 'pila'. They threw them before charging.
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Everybody gangsta until the Roman legionaries show up
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why the Roman legions using spears instead of swords? You know, Gladius?
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>must be her italian bloods kickin'
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@BCS so what Spartan look like to you?
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Who next? Please Roman-chan
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