Japanese warrior woman with naginata
Japanese warrior woman with a large Naginata. A naginata is a pole weapon that was traditionally used in Japan by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wood shaft with a curved blade on the end, similar to the Chinese Guan Dao or European glaive or Russian sovnya. Usually it also had a sword-like guard (tsuba) between the blade and shaft as depicted on this card. During the Edo Period, as the naginata became less useful for men on the battlefield, and became a symbol of the social status of women of the samurai class. A functional naginata was often a traditional part of a samurai daughter's dowry. Women of the samurai class were expected to be capable of defending their homes while their husbands were away at war!
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Goddess Sekhmet, Sculpture. Medinet Habu. Egypt
Goddess Sekhmet, goddess of war, represented with head of a lioness and the human body and crowned with the solar disk. Sculpture in the mortuary temple of Ramses III (1187-1156 BC). New Kingdom. Medinet Habu. Egypt.
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Spartacus and rebellion of Gladiators
In 73 B.C Spartacus was sold, into the service of Lentulus Batiates, a man who taught at a ludus for gladiators. Spartacus and two Gallic gladiators led a riot at the school. Of about 200 gladiator slaves, less than 80 escaped. In the streets they found wagons of gladiatorial weapons, when soldiers tried to stop them, they easily defeating the them.
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