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Yes. It is even believed that the Coliseum in Rome was filled with water at times to re-enact sea battles. From the Wiki: The Colosseum could hold, it is estimated, between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators, having an average audience of some 65,000; it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, ...


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Not really. The film's writer Peter Morgan admitted he made that part up. The way Niki met his wife was not in the way I showed it, but I said [to them], “Does it truthfully represent the nature of your relationships, the atmosphere and the vibes between you?” And they both signed off on it. It helped that Morgan's wife is Austrian and actually knew ...


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Resources: Many accessible US locations are good dupes for European battlefields. It's more difficult to recreate tropical island fights or big naval battles believably and cheaply. Bias: There are fewer established Japanese actors who studios would trust as a big draw to a historical movie. Thematic content: Americans like to see themselves beating up the ...


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There's no direct connection Ragnar from "The Last Kingdom" is Ragnar Ravnson. Ravn (The blind man Uhtred meets after being captured) being his father. He and his father Ravn (along with his sons, Ragnar Ragnarson and Rorik Ragnarson, and his daughter Thyra Ragnarsdottir) are fictional characters who are not claimed to be in any way related to Ragnar ...


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It is definitely possible. This type of weapon was widely used on the Western front in the later stages of the war. American soldiers had nothing like it, and it gave the Germans a big advantage over the Americans and British in any kind of close range situation. As a captured trophy weapon it would have been highly prized. Normally soldiers do not use ...


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You are 100% correct. According to this excellent article on Kotaku, pretty much everything most people assume about ninjas—black pajamas, throwing stars, swords, etc…—is utter nonsense. The traditional role that grew to be known as a “ninja” was simply that of a spy. As Matt Alt—co-author of the book Ninja Attack—explains: A 15th century ninja would ...


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One of these weapons made the news a few years back it was surmised it had been captured after killing the bloke holding it. Handed in for a weapons scheme. The article explains a similar theory to yours. Here is a purported picture of an allied solider with one. There is short piece titled Gun News that speaks of these weapons being captured by Americans. ...


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Okay, I did some generic research, but I can't guarantee my conclusion is correct. First of all in Paris there were around 2.3 million people in 1975. Slightly less in 1964-1967, but I can't find specific numbers. During the same period (1960) there were 2% Muslims (in a very broad definition of Muslim) in France. The non Muslim black community would have ...


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It is clear that Union infantry and cavalry engaged the rioters in the streets, contributing to the substantial loss of life: During the Draft Riots of 1863, Union troops were called in to restore order. Here the rioters (pictured) battled Union forces along First Avenue, between 11th and 14th Streets (note the cannon firing in the background) Columbia ...


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Cannons were fired in anger in an American City, in the Philadelphia Nativist Riots in 1844 by both sides. I have not read of naval guns being used in the New York City draft riots of 1863. In those days naval guns were far more powerful than field artillery used by armies. I believe that if even small warships fired upon a city neighborhood it would be ...


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Bone Tomahawk is an original, fictional story, screen-written by the same guy directing it: Screenwriter S. Craig Zahler (“The Brigands of Rattleborge”) is set to make his feature directorial debut with Caliber Media Co.’s horror Western “Bone Tomahawk,” which will star Kurt Russell, Peter Sarsgaard, Richard Jenkins and Jennifer Carpenter. The ...


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In Serbia Saint George's day or Đurđevdan is a very important day for Serbian Romani. It is an Orthodox religious holiday. This holiday celebrates the return of springtime and is considered the most important. The Romani will decorate their homes with flowers and wash their hands with water from a church well. Lamb is traditionally cooked on this day and ...


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The closest you're going to get is an interview with actress Alexandra Lara, who portrayed Marlene Lauda in the movie: Did you know, or find out if the scene in the car with the Italians actually happened to Niki and Marlene? They met after that party at Curd Jürgens house, and I don’t know exactly to be honest if the hitchhiking, if that moment ...


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There were more Africans in Rome that most people probably imagine. In fact many Africans became emperors, writers, philosophers, entertainers, generals, popes and of course gladiators. In antiquity black or dark-skinned individuals from Africa were known as "Aethiops" a Greek term meaning "black". It is the term from which Ethiopia, a modern African ...


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I can narrow down the time of Barry Lyndon a bit. At one point in the movie Barry Lyndon is serving in battles involving "Our illustrious ally Frederick". Great Britain was allied with Frederick the Great of Prussia during the Seven Years War of 1754-1763, so part of the movie happens during the 1750s or 1760s. Thus dueling would have been illegal, but ...


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Barry Lyndon is a movie that took place in 18th century England. "By the early Victorian era, duelling had already been illegal throughout the British Empire, and most of Europe, for about two centuries. However, in most societies it was accepted, particularly between military officers, and the participants of a fair duel were not usually prosecuted. It ...


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Duelling I'm not sure it was ever really legal, & as far as I'm aware never involved a court, & certainly not by the time that Barry Lyndon is set (approx 1750 - 1789), but it was certainly a commonly-recognised way to "get satisfaction" if you felt your honour was impugned. The duel was based on a code of honour. Duels were fought not so much to ...


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1) the title ealdorman or earl was only used in England by English governments. It was related to the Scandinavian word jarl, but no Vikings were ever earls, unless they were working in England for the King of England and were appointed earls by him. I don't know if you or the TV show is responsible for the use of "earls". 2) In English a heraldic emblem ...


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Ragnar Lodbrok (legendary - probably real but embellished in history) was a founding father of the viking raiders and settlers in England and France. Ragnar Ravnson (fictional) was the adoptive father of Uhtred (also fictional) in Bernard Cornwell's books. Ragnar Lodbrok had a number of sons, including Bjorn, Ivar, Halfdan, and Ubba (kinda maybe). The ...


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The glasses Tom Hardy wears in the film are French Amor Browline Glasses. I have a pair of these myself and they are exactly the same as the ones in the film 'Legend'.


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It is true. However, the movie is set in 48 BC not 206 AD, because Cusack mentions that he served under Marcus Licinius Crassus(115-53 BC) and his two sons. Crassus and Publius died at Carrhae and Crassus Jr.died in 49 BC. Movie is set one year later. This battle between Romans and Huns in this movie is a reference to a later military action between Romans ...


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Ethiopian gladiators did exist but constituted a small minority. They generally fought as retiarius (trident and net). There really was a gladiator named Oenomaus who was one of the leaders in Spartacus' slave army but he was not black. He was a Gaul.



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