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Mesopotamian Warfare 
14th-Nov-2009 10:05 pm
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Hah, finally found the nerve to post here...

So a while back I've been doing some contextual research for a historical/literary/cultural assignment on Mesopotamia. It's kind of difficult to fully study everything about this civilization, but I did manage to find some small sections in a few articles dealing with Sumerian warfare, specifically the standard weapons and armor used, etcetera.

I don't know if such things can be properly called uniforms, since their function is of a practical nature, and I don't really know if the Sumerians intended for their weapons and armor to bear particular identification. Although, this being warfare, then it must be practical to do so. I don't know.

But here are some articles I found on the subject. What do you think? Is it safe to call them the earliest uniforms in human history? 'Cause the Sumerians certainly have the earliest copper helmet discovered.
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14th-Nov-2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
Hmm, I thought uniforms were used to distinguish a friend from an enemy in battle, but I'm not too sure on that.

But about the helmets: I'm curious as to why they're shaped like the human head. I wonder if a different shape would be more impact-resistant, or if they simply used the design as a form of intimidation.
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14th-Nov-2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
It troubles me though, to remember one retelling of the Aenid, wherein Aeneas disguised himself as the enemy during the siege of Troy and went on to confuse the Trojan army, but then his own comrades turned on him since they thought that he was the enemy.
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