This is the post, to continue where a few of us left off on another post, where we got slightly off topic arguing about what warriors in history, would succeed in what scenario, against another group of ancient warriors.
Moving my biggest post on the matter in here.
I would put my money on the Samurai over the Spartan. The individual can have more skill than you may think. There were some extremely skilled Samurai over the course of history, that would put the spartan individuals to shame. We can’t measure the mettle of the individual, we can only compare the groups.
Vikings had the reputation for being the most feared warriors of the ancient world. They gained this reputation, by being the people who could travel across the ocean, and never get lost. They then gained the reputation, by raiding the coasts mercilessly.
Samurai were trained since childhood, and used the Yumi, and the Katana. Their swords could cut 2 men in half with a single swing. Their warriors had a reputation for being some of the best shots in the world.
Ninja (yes, they were real ) were trained to kill the Samurai, and were master assassins, specializing in stealth, and ambush. They were feared throughout history, because they could kill a leader, and vanish without anyone realizing he was there until he was gone. They preferred stealthy weapons, such as bows, daggers, Kusarigama, Katana’s, and even blow darts. These warriors were often not typically trained from birth, (although some of them were) but instead were trained rigorously for many years.
Spartans had the reputation for being one of, or should I say the, fiercest warriors in the world. They were also trained since birth, and were masters of the sword/shield techniques. They had a saying, come back with your shield, or on top of it. Meaning, come back victorious, or dead.
Again, I preferred Samurai’s much more than Spartans. Their sense of honor, is something that modern day society could learn from. And their skill in combat, could easily contest that of a spartan warrior. But all in all, we cannot test the skill of them today. I would love to see a fight between the strongest Samurai vs the strongest Spartan that ever lived.
Samurai individual vs Spartan individual, I would put money on Samurai.
Spartan army, vs Samurai army, I would put my money on the Spartans.