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Essay on Fighting Styles in Gladiator

In Gladiator the Roman Legions illustrated the utmost disciple during the first battle of the movie. Romans used archers and ungodly big catapult contraptions to rein hell down on their enemies. Then as the enemies would return fire with a few arrows. Roman legions stand in classic formation with shields positioned to protect them from attack. Cavalry raced in although there were few, and hacked up barbaric peoples. Roman Legions kept disciplined ranks and fought with technique, while their adversaries wielded axes and other unwieldly weapons that allowed for little teamwork in their ranks.

Gladiators in the film were often mismatched in weapons. The goal was to see someone die, so one man would fight many, or one man would fight a man with shield and sword while armed with only a sword. The Gladiator scenes showcased the use of a ball and chain weapon, several spear like weapons, and the classic smaller Legion style swords good for mainly stabbing at ones enemies. The Gladiator scenes invoked the use of various things to spruce up the action beyond just weapons. Tigers were held in position by rope and used to attack and distract Maximus during his attack with the undefeated Roman Gladiator. The one thing the movie's battle scenes lacked was a nice battle cry noise such as used in Braveheart, and the Henry V movie.

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