Combat Scene

Physical combat, either in large or small scale battle has been a fundamental aspect of humanity for all time and has great importance both in the practical acquisition of power and wealth, as well as the proof of worth with regard to ambitions of respect and glory. Success in battle is commonly considered to be illustrative of virtue and divine grace beyond simple physical ability and, as such, in ancient cultures combat was a respected as a just form of resolving dispute which, albeit in a complex manner, was believed to be in accordance with the decree of the Gods favour. Victory in battle is therefore a very effective political image and so many images of battles can be seen in ancient art. In Roman artefacts, scenes of gladiatorial combat are popular including souvenir ceramics showing named gladiators.