Archive for the ‘Ancient history’ Category
It was revealed the first official pictures lining up the new minifigs of series 12.
I’m glad to find a few more historical characters, this time the collection seems to include a Mongol and female Greek warrior. It also seems to include a new Musketeer and a old western gold miner :D
In overall the new collection is very attractive and it’s probably related with the new Lego Minifigures online game.
Nice video from Bricks-Brothers illustrating the evolution of fashion since pre-history till nowadays!
Trade and Empire
“By the time the Emperor Hadrian entered the purple, Rome controlled a vast area stretching from northern Europe to the Middle East. Sea trade and transport were vital to the functioning of the Empire and so numerous ports sprung up along the coast of Britannia. On the Tyne side of Hadrian’s Wall the fort of Arbeia (now known as South Shields) grew into one such port and was the destination of many supply shipments to the wall.
Trading ships, such as the one depicted in this scene, were common visitors to Arbeia and came from all corners of the empire. A funeral monument found at the site tells us much about what this trade meant to the area. It is dedicated to a lady called Regina and is unique in Britain for its bilingual inscription, written in Latin and Palmyrene. The inscription reveals that Regina was of the Catuvellaunian tribe while her husband Barates, was a Palmyrene merchant living at Arbeia, which had attached to it a substantial civilian settlement. From Barates’ own funeral monument we know that he supplied military standards to the cohorts along the wall.
Despite being on the edge of the Empire, the civilian settlement at Arbeia must have been home to a diverse polyglot population. Thanks to the trade bought by the Empire’s many ships, people, ideas and symbols must have circulated frequently, making it lively and interesting place to live.”
Historical context given by Macsen Wledig and available here.
I was perusing Lego Cuusoo today, when an under-supported effort caught my eye. I love the Classical period and rejoice when I find Lego creations that celebrate or – better yet – teach about it.
In the previous post about BrickCon 2013, we mentioned that some of the best history-related MOCs have little or nothing to do with warfare.
One of my personal favorites was this gorgeous display of the Paro Taktsang (aka “Tiger’s Nest Monastery”):
Another fantastically detailed series, this set of MOCs displays “old” Anaheim, California.
I don’t recall the official title of this MOC, but the scene reminds me of stories about Port Royal, Jamaica during the 16th and 17th Centuries.
And, for the heck of it, here’s a gratuitous shot of the humongous Rivendell MOC:
Fantastic Lego creations abounded at BrickCon 2013 in Seattle, WA. Amongst the mini-fig scale recreations of Hogwart’s Castle and Rivendell, between the micro scale Battle of Hoth and the homage to Red. vs. blue, an attending history fan could find much to delight.
I’ll start by one of the collaborative builds produced by BattleLUG, titled “Battle through the Ages.” The sequence of displays follows the evolution of warfare from ancient history to the modern period. Here are a couple segments of the display.
The Pelopsonnesian War
Several different battles from World War II were displayed, all collaboratively created between several AFOL and TFOL builders. Behold Operation Brickarossa :
The Allied advance through Normandy. Note the hedge rows!
In the next post, we’ll review some of the other, non-warfare related history entries at BrickCon.