The Ancient Battle of Troy 

Trojan-War

The battle of Troy is suspected to have occurred in modern day Turkey as Troy is considered is by archeologists and scholars to have been a real citadel, and not just an epic iliad of the ancient Greek poet Homer. The Trojan economy was based upon trade, specifically horses and horse breeding which allowed for wealth and military prowess within the walls of Troy, as horses were rarely seen elsewhere in the ancient world. Troy had a large ditch cut around the entire city, similar to a moat but without water. Large fences were placed behind this trench and enormous city walls were erected with only 3 entry points for the entire stronghold. Food stockpiles allowed the Trojans to hold out for longer periods than what would typically have been possible and amphorae were buried all over the Troy, up to the neck of the container, with a rock placed on top to seal it off. The Trojans, as was custom with most ancient people, would not bury their dead within the perimeter of the city unless under significant stress. Militarily speaking, in order to seize a target by assault, a soldier ratio of 3:1 is required but the Greeks did not have this advantage because the Trojan’s and Greek’s were matched evenly in terms of troops. This lack of superiority on either side permitted the Trojan war to last 9 years. The Trojans built their outer walls on a 20 degree slant to protect themselves from siege towers which were essentially mobile ladders with platforms to shoot down from. Troy’s exterior stone walls were 6 meters high with an additional height of 4 meters being added by mud-brick structures which crowned the walls. The Trojan Horse which invaded Troy was most likely was 13′ tall and less than 7′ wide, holding 30 – 40 men. Once Troy was successfully invaded, it was sacked, it’s citizens were pillaged and slaughtered, and its royal family raped and murdered. Even children were not immune to the scourge of this bloody battle as Homer’s iliad speaks of children being thrown to their death from great heights

Indian Brass Knuckles

Indian-brass-knuckle

Most brass knuckle weapons around the world have a flat edge however in Mumbai, India, brass knuckle sets typically have a jagged point on each knuckle which acts as a small piercing weapon. The rationale of those who carry it is that it saves them the time of having to physically work out frequently in a gym to ensure their own safety but also because some who brandish it are not very tall or large in stature to begin with, which means that a modified weapon provides a substantial edge over one’s opponent who may be more physically domineering. Firearms are rarely seen or used by anyone involved in crime in India which is why pointed brass knuckles are so popular as it allows for multiple body shots delivered in rapid succession to inflict just enough damage to end a fight without serious harm being levied. Despite firearms not being particularly popular, knives are as both an assault and a defense weapon