Did you ever think about how colourful was a Greek hoplitic phalanx?
Here we present a composition of historical chosen images of Hoplite shields. Among them you can see a few belonging to specific cities, like the owl for Athens, lambda for Sparta, the sun for Macedonia, and the moon one for the Thespians. The other shields were chosen beacause they were common for soldiers of many Greek state-cities, like the octopus, the raging bearded man, the fishes…
We hope you like them as much as we do!
Such was the defiant response by King Leonidas of Sparta to the Persian army’s demand to
surrender their weapons before the battle of the Thermopylae.
COME AND TAKE THEM
Today we comment this t-shirt with proud and good memories, beacause this is our very first design. On the frotn we include a short bio of his exciting life, beginning with his own description of himself: “Son of Venus and favourite of Aeneas”. On the back, we made a list of his most famous battles, listed as a rock concerts tee, under the World Tour title.
We are still thrilled when we look at it!
Trafalgar was a decisive battle in many senses. On one side, it meant the clousure of free sea navigation in the Atlantic and Mediterranean for Spain and France, and for the British it meant the undisputed hegemony in the whole world seas.
Very few battles in History own so much to the genius or incapacity of its participating commanders, and in this particular case, on the British side was Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson, an uncontested genius no matter his detractors (even nowadays). A man of whom many things can be said, but he fully knew his mastery.
On the other side, Admiral Villeneuve conceived a battle order with lateral winds heading south, but just as the British armada was seen, changed his orders for all his fleet to a full change of direction and head north towards the coast. This decision in such a critical and inicial moment meant the full loss of any advantages that could have or wish to have for his own fleet. And it was exclusively his own decision. When receiving such an order, part of the french armada just deliberately avoided combat and went out of the combat area. They saw which would be the ending of such inicial reaction and they just did not want was expecting for them.
Nelson arranged not one, but two well estructured and closed battle lines for breaking into the enemy, and favoured by the winds accomplished the goal of isolating the enemy flagships (Santisima Trinidad and Bucentaure) and fight the rest of the line by individual combats or by temporary superiories. The British fleet had a much better artillery in reloading timings, range and accuracy, and better crews and sailors, forged in years of navegation and combat experience. The French and Spanish ships did not have such experienced personnel, and a fair part of the sailors were local forced conscripts, and for many of whom it was their first time on a battleship.
The results of the battle was a disaster in lost ships and the inherent human cost, with dozens of epic individual and small group histories, that were not close enough to overcome the known deficiencies at the beginning of the battle.
In our t-shirt is displayed the initial stage of the battle, previously to the unleash of the artillery. That meaning the French and Spanish armada already heading north to the coast arrayed in disorder. The previous moment, just when the calmed seas are about to be a glorious victory for one side and a glorious disaster for the others.