Blood on the Sand: Roman Centurion vs. Rajput

June 11, 2010

Tonight on Deadliest Warrior, a Rajput warrior faces down a Roman Centurion in a fight to the finish. This week's Blood on the Sand stares down these two warriors and offers you an inside look at tonight's fight.

Hey dudes, Max here. Thanks for sticking with us, and sending in your questions to The Aftermath - I think Gary had a great time answering your questions, and I know Geoff is looking forward to handling them this week.

Tonight we've got a Roman Centurion squaring off against a Rajput Warrior, and you don't need me to tell you what makes this fight interesting. This is one of those apples and oranges comparisons as only Deadliest Warrior would do it.

On the one hand, we've got our Centurions representing the best of Rome and her legions. I'd be kidding myself if I didn't say an interest in Roman history is what started me on the path that would eventually lead me to Deadliest Warrior. In the interest of full disclosure, allow me to admit I held a small bias towards our Centurions when we started. We stand here, the beneficiaries of Rome's legacy, 2763 years removed from the beginning of one of history's grandest experiments. For instance:

Scientists plan on using four metric tons of lead mined by Romans to shield a neutrino detector. Think about that for a minute - what Roman hands clawed from the earth over 2000 years ago is being used for cutting edge physics research today. Don't even get me started on the arch.

But arguably, what made Rome great was administration and coordination. Her legions are remembered today for their discipline and organization, and their ability to utilize the strength of Rome's numbers, something that is of little use in our format. I'm sorry to say, but in a one-on-one fight against our Rajput, we may be looking at what is politely called "a Teutoburg situation."

Our Rajput warriors fight with some of the most ornate (and yet functional!) weaponry we've seen to date. Importantly, they too left an enduring legacy. Remarkably, there were Rajput states up through the formation of the modern Indian state. No easy task, when you consider the myriad of enemies they faced across this vast span of time.

However, having been largely ignorant of their history until we did this episode, I'd prefer to keep my foot out of my mouth, and suggest you pick up a book rather than take my/our word on it.

All said, this really is one of the more interesting and unusual matchups we've seen this season, I hope you'll enjoy it.

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