Essedari - (War-Chariot Fighters)
Gladiators were always clothed and armed to resemble barbarians with unusual and exotic weapons and their fights depicted famous victories over barbarians and the power of the Roman Empire. The Essedari gladiators get their name from the light two-wheeled chariot of the Celts and the Ancient Britons led by Boadicea.
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Definition of a Essedari - Weapons, Armor, Fighting Styles and Opponents
What type of gladiator was a Essedari? What weapons and armor did they use? What was their style of combat? And what type of gladiator was matched as their opponent?
- Definition: The Essedari ("war-chariot fighters") fought from chariots and on foot
- Opponent: The Essedari were primarily charioteers who fought in battles in the arena which reflected the warfare of the Celts. They would have played interesting roles in battles depicting Roman successes against enemies such as Ancient Britons led by Queen Boadicea
- Weapons: This type of gladiator fought with a heavy spear called a medallion which was a 6ft long thick wooden spear reinforced with an iron point.
- Body Armor and helmet worn by this type of gladiator: The Montefortino Roman helmet adapted from the Celtic helmets and decorated with a crest
- Shield: A flat Oval or Hexagonal shield
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