Archive for the ‘Ancient history’ Category

History of fashion

July 19, 2014

Nice video from Bricks-Brothers illustrating the evolution of fashion since pre-history till nowadays!

 

Trade and Empire

July 12, 2014

Trade and Empire
Trade and Empire by Macsen Wledig

 

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.

Roman Army Training Day

July 8, 2014

Training Day

Ancient Roman home

December 2, 2013

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.

This design is part of a Lego Cuusoo effort is called ‘Lego Modular Imperium Romanum‘ by bigboy99899. I, for one, would love to see kits like the one below at my local Lego store.

 

 

BrickCon 2013 Review, part 2

October 15, 2013

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”):

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Another fantastically detailed series, this set of MOCs displays “old” Anaheim, California.

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 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.

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And, for the heck of it, here’s a gratuitous shot of the humongous Rivendell MOC:
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BrickCon 2013 Review

October 7, 2013

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

The Crusades

Several different battles from World War II were displayed, all collaboratively created between several AFOL and TFOL builders. Behold Operation Brickarossa :

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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.

Herakles on his quest to save Prometheus

September 22, 2013

According to the greek myth, Heracles saves Prometheus that was chained by Zeus after he has stolen the fire and gave it to humans. This diorama reflects the imagination of Mihai Marius Mihu about the story of Heracles confronting some myth creatures who guarded the temple on the foot of the mountain where Prometheus was chained.

Heracles confronting minotaurs

 

Quoting the author:

 (I wanted to include the chained Prometheus in the diorama but the lack of pieces forced me to make them separated www.flickr.com/photos/mihaimariusmihu/9515653462/). The emblem on the minotaur shields and the decorative bird statues on the architecture are to relate to the eagle that torments Prometheus.

Aztec Ball Game

September 14, 2013

The Aztec civilization is an uncommon topic seen in LEGO historical MOCs. I would like to send my congrats to IamKritch for reusing the subject of this ancient Mesoamerican ballgame through this simple, yet well done, vignette.

Aztec Ball Game

September 11, 2013

Hadrian’s wall was a defensive fortification in Roman Britain to defend agains Scottish barbarians. Begun in AD 122, during the rule of emperor Hadrian, it was the first of two fortifications built across Great Britain.

LukeClarenceVan is the author of this marvelous construction where he shows a minor skirmish where a force of Scotsmen besiege the a gate with their most powerful war machine – the caber toss.

Hadrian's Wall

Roman temple

June 27, 2013

Apparently simple but very effective is the representation of a  Roman Temple built by lokosuperfluolegoman.

However, if we look closely we will find the great details such as the top of the columns, the micro detail of the top wall supported by the columns, the way how the roof was colored and the nice green door.

Roman Temple


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