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Old School Gaming: Ancient History Game Reviews

In Games, History, Internet Resources on March 16, 2010 at 13:33

by Thomas Sullivan

There are many great games out there geared towards learning about the ancient world.

In ‘Gladiator: Dressed to Kill‘, you dress up Roman gladiators for battle.

The game gives information about the Roman gladiators like how they were armed in a variety of styles that were designed to mimic mythical figures as well as Rome’s past enemies. Specific gladiators were matched together so there would be an exciting fight.

In the game you have sixty seconds to dress up the specific gladiator for his specific battle. You can ask for clues that will help you to figure out which weapons and armor your gladiator should were into battle. You only have four clues and you need to choose four weapons and armor. The four weapons that you can give to your gladiator are a trident, a sword, a spear, and a dagger. Other things that may be given to the gladiator are different types of armor as well as shields and a net. The clues can give you a hint as to what weapon and what armor to send the gladiator in with. An example is “The Retiarius gladiator is lightly armed, and has the equipment of a fisher man.” Based on the clue you can that the weapon that the gladiator should be given is a trident and fishing net. If you choose three of the correct weapons you will be given the palm branch of victory. If you choose all four correctly, you will be given a wooden sword that symbolizes the gladiator’s freedom.

This is a fun game that will help you learn about how gladiators fought and what they were like. It gives information on what kinds of weapons and armor they took into the arena with them which can be very interesting.

In the game, ‘Dig it up: Romans‘, you are an archaeologist.

In this game, you are trying to dig up archaeological items, hence the name. You are set in a place where there are many underground Roman items and there are places where you can dig up specific items from a specific Roman time period.

Meanwhile, in the ‘Mesopotamia Farming Game‘, you have to take care of three different plots of land, farm, sow your crops, water, and maybe even flood your crops.

This game can be helpful to learn about farming, but it doesn’t teach much about Mesopotamia, except that people from there were farmers because of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. This game would be better if it was more interactive with more facts about Mesopotamia and if it had more things to do than just farming.

Discovery.com has created an interactive game where not only can you learn about the history of the Giza pyramids but you can learn how to build one.

While building the pyramid, the game gives you a time limit of about 23 years. It is very realistic, down to point where you have to get barracks for the workers. This game is good for anyone who wants to learn what it felt like to be in charge of having one of the Pyramids at Gize built.

BBC has a an interactive game that goes through the process of digging up ancient civilizations in the Indus Valley.

Professor Indus is an archaeologist. He gives you the mission of finding the lost city of Mohenjodaro. It is a great game where you learn about the tools that an archaeologist uses as you learn about the Indus Valley. It is quite clever and fun to play and i recommend it.

That’s it until next time. Until then… enjoy gaming and learning!

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What? No Horns?

In History on March 16, 2010 at 13:11

by Hunter Kothenbeutel and Eric McIntyre

It is a myth that viking wore helmets with horns on them. The few helmets that did survive from the viking age do not have horns. Also any depictions from that time do not show the vikings with horned helmets. It is more likely that this was believed to make the vikings seem more savage.

The christian influence in Europe most likely did this to make the vikings appear more pagan to others and more like barbarians. Another explanation is that because the Norse God Thor had a winged helmet that others mistook these for horns. There are many other other possible solutions for depicting vikings in horned helmets.

The Vikings did not wear helmets that had large horns on them. The helmets that they wore were simpler, made out of iron. The idea that Vikings wore helmets with horns or wings on them was made popular in the 19th century.

If a helmet from that time did have horned I think they would be bull horns. This would be more likely because they look the more similar to artist depictions than other types of horns that belong to animals from Europe.

Source:

Top 10 Misconceptions About The Vikings. Web. 15 Mar. 2010.http://listverse.com/2009/04/21/top-10-misconceptions-about-the-vikings/.

“Viking Age Arms and Armour -.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 16 Mar. 2010.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_helmet#Helmet>.

Prizvanievaryagov.jpg. Web. 15 Mar. 2010.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Prizvanievaryagov.jpg.