The Nature of Roman/Eastern Roman Martial Arts


Scholae Palatinae

The warrior –Saint is holding his sword in a stance that  unlocks techniques of  of Half-Swording The warrior –Saint is holding his sword in a stance that unlocks techniques of of Half-Swording

By Nicholas Petrou Master in History at Goldsmiths University, member of the Academy of Historical European Martial Arts ‘Leontes’

Within the HEMA community, at various lengths explanations have been given about the absence of treatises to do with combat, more specific forms of Martial Arts, in the Roman World. For a vast Empire and a culture which endured for nearly 2000 years, there is little information in the way of showing how warriors individually fought. This is not to imply that an absence of evidence is an evidence of absence. We have a wide range of Strategic Treatises from the Imperial Period up to the Komenian Period in the 11th Century; these often highlight the changing circumstances the Empire experienced and the means in which it dealt with those circumstances militarily. However, in many ways…

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