The Ancient World--in Legos!

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The Ancient World--in Legos!

Postby Aldus Marius on Wed Sep 24, 2008 5:32 pm

Avete omnes!

Ericius just dug this up; it's been around almost as long as the Outpost. But new to us, nonne?

http://www.ancient-theme.com/1998/olson.html

The link takes you to a Lego model of the Temple of Fortuna Primigenia in Praeneste. You can click on thumbnails of other models from there. It really *is* "the Ancient World", not just classical Rome and Greece; one of the featured works is the Temple at Angkor Wat.


Enjoy!
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Postby Gaius Iulius Tabernarius on Thu Sep 25, 2008 1:04 am

Wow, that's pretty amazing. That will teach me to underestimate lego's...
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Postby Tarquinius Dionysius on Sun Sep 28, 2008 3:37 pm

I think I've seen these before, heh. Someone should try their hands on a full scale model of Rome. Now that would be interesting. I'm also reminded me of the famous Brick Testament, which recreates scenes from the bible also using Legos. Here for instance Jesus appearing before Pontius Pilatus:

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I'm surprised actually that Lego themselves never considered Roman themed sets. There's plenty of room for interesting material: an amphitheatre, triumphal arches, aquaducts, villas, legions, chariots,...
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Rome, the Eternal Lego Set ?

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Mon Sep 29, 2008 6:46 pm

Say, you're right, Tarquinii - Lego "Rome" sets would be naturals, I should think. Temples, basilicae and statuary, and blocky Lego caricatures of the more famous emperors, which could be easily re-painted to become other, less popularly-known figures.

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Postby Aldus Marius on Mon Sep 29, 2008 8:53 pm

Avete amici!

Playmobil, otoh, has had its act together for a couple of years...

http://store.playmobilusa.com/on/demand ... gid=Roemer


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Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Tue Sep 30, 2008 5:33 am

I'll be danged. Even to the Aquilifer and Centurion and those proper pila in their little plastic hands.

If only their copy-writers knew that Roman soldiers went by the title of 'legionary', they would have had it right! :lol:
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Postby Tarquinius Dionysius on Tue Sep 30, 2008 7:58 pm

Haha, that's way too cool

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Postby Cleopatra Aelia on Wed Oct 01, 2008 8:18 pm

I have two of the gladiators and one legionary by Playmobil. So I put their armor together in a way that it comes to close to being authentic, have now the pairing of a hoplomachus against a murmillo. And the legionary functions as a summa rudis ;-)
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"Summa Rudis"?

Postby Valerius Claudius Iohanes on Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:56 am

Salve, Cleopatra Aelia -

What would a "summa rudis" be doing?

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Re: "Summa Rudis"?

Postby Cleopatra Aelia on Fri Oct 03, 2008 3:10 pm

Valerius Claudius Iohanes wrote:Salve, Cleopatra Aelia -

What would a "summa rudis" be doing?

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The summa rudis is the referee at gladiatorial fights. E.g. the famous mosaic from Nennig shows one watching over a fight of a retiarius and a secutor.
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