Ancient warriors have been around forever, in groups, in tribes, in towns and cities. They are the elite warriors who fight for a living, using their battle skills, their armour and their weapons to meet their opponents on the battlefield with only one outcome in their minds.
From the Mayan Tribes and civilisations to the Roman elite fighters to the terryfying Vikings. Weapons have been found all over the world by archeaologists, documenting the history of these ancient people, for whom being a warrior was a natural career path in ancient times.
Here we are going to take you through some of these ancient warriors detailing the armour they used, the weapons they fought with and the reasons they went to war.
The legendary all women tribe of Amazon warriors were feared by man and woman alike, tall strong and capable the Amazons would bring the fight to anyone that requested it. Read more about the Amazon Warriors >>
The Aztec warriors fought with order and and went to war in order to expand the empire, believing in sacrifice the Aztec's believe in giving to the gods and weren't afraid to do so. Read more about the Aztec Warriors >>
Fearless and wild the Celtic warriors held regard for no man and their battle style reflected this, with wild abandon the Celts would bring aggression and passion to any fight. Read more about the Celtic Warriors >>
Calculating and organised, the Egyptian warriors were masters of long range combat, get to close and an Egyptian axe may be the last think you would see. Read more about the Egyptian Warriors >>
The Frank warriors were the ancient fighters that allowed this Germanic tribe to dominate large portion of Europe, eventually settling in modern France. Read more about the Frank Warriors >>
the ancient Germanic warriors were plenty and mighty, spread across many tribes the Germanic warriors in battle fought with heart and ferocity. Read more about the Germanic Warriors >>
The Gladiator warriors fought for the crowd and for their life, spending their entire existence training the Gladiators were some of the ultimate warriors of the ancient world. Read more about the Gladiator Warriors >>
The might Goth warriors were some of the most dangerous Germanic warriors of history, conquering large portions of Europe and splitting into two dominant groups. Read more about the Goth Warriors >>
The mighty Greek Warriors were masters of war, well trained, strong and battle ready, their tactics were among the best known on the battlefields of ancient Greece. Read more about the Greek Warriors >>
The mighty and fierce Hawaiian warriors were a force to behold in battle, their best warriors the Koa were dangerous and skilled in the martial art of Lua. Read more about the Hawaiian Warriors >>
The diverse range of Japanese warriors were many and skilled, from the might Samurai to the Ashigaru foot soldiers to the Sohei buddhist warriors, and the mountain hermits the Yamabushi. Read more about the Japanese Warriors >>
The Mongolian warriors were skilled horsemen and archers, motivated and battle ready the Mongolians had battle tactics to flummox the enemy. Read more about the Mongolian Warriors >>
Stealth and control were the way of the Ninja warriors, the silent assassins that could scale walls and dispatch enemies in their sleep, the Ninja all all mystique. Read more about the Ninja Warriors >>
The Persian warriors were strong in number and relentless, the legendary Persian Immortals would strike fear into the heart of their opponents. Read more about the Persian Warriors >>
Steeped in mystery and respect, the Samurai warriors were legendary in their time, with their katana to hand, they could dispatch any foe with relative ease. Read more about the Samurai Warriors >>
The mighty Spartan warriors were some of the strongest and battle hardened fighters ever to exist, by training from a young age, they were masters of the battle. Read more about the Spartan Warriors >>
Wild and rampaging, the Viking warriors were feared by all, masters of the raid attack the Vikings were natural warriors with a disregard for their enemy. Read more about the Viking Warriors >>
The Ancient Warrior Throughout History
The ancient warriors fought many a brave war, regardless of the country of origin or civilisation. Whether they were a Spartan warrior of a Viking the ancient warriors had something in common, their battle skills. Whether you were a master with a sword, or an expert with a bow and arrow, each ancient warrior would have his own unique skills and talents, based on his training and civilisation tactics.
War and the Ancient Warrior
In the times of war, every ruler would look to his strongest warriors to go into battle. War was not only gruelling and tough, it had serious ramifications on the position of your civilisation. If wars were won, you would generally reap the benefits, in treasure, land or power, and every ruler wanted his army and warriors to succeed.
Reputation of the Ancient Warriors
In battle your reputation was almost as important as your skills, and the strength of your army. If you could strike fear at just the mere mention of your name, then you already had a massive advantage over the enemy. Of course reputation is typically built on fact, and in the case of the most fearsome and skilled warriors, their reputations always preceded them.
Status in Society for the Ancient Warrior
To be an ancient warrior would bring many rewards in your realm. In many cases the higher classes would be the best armed and some of the best warriors. However in civilisations like Sparta and ancient Greece, warriors were trained from young and everyone was skilled and masterful on the battlefield. The ancient warriors were revered in all societies, the protectors and saviours of many civilisations.
Weapons of the Ancient Warrior
The ancient warrior depended on his armoury, having the right weapons to do the job was as important as skill or battle tactics. Each ancient civilisation would have its own bespoke set of weapons, from the ancient Egyptian long range weapon arsenal, to the close range Xiphos sword of the Spartan warriors, and the fearsome Macuahuiti of the Aztec Jaguar and Eagle warriors.
Whatever the weapon or civilisations, these ancient warriors spend hours, days, months and years perfecting their tools. When the time came to fight, the ancient warrior would have to rely on his weapon training, and if they had not trained enough the price would be their life.
Armour of the Ancient Warrior
To defend themselves the ancient warriors of history, would often adorn themselves with armour. The reason was simple, to defend yourself effectively was not always possible, by having armour, the ancient warrior would have some protection should an opponent land a strike.