Oh, this sport is no big deal. They would just take an arena, flood it with water, then toss some boats in there to conduct a small-scale naval battle (complete with sinking ships and drownings) for everyone to watch.
The first known naumachia was given by Julius Caesar in Rome in 46 BC on occasion of his quadruple triumph.
After having a basin dug near the Tiber, capable of holding actual massive war ships, he made 2000 combatants and 4000 rowers, all prisoners of war, fight.
The opposing sides were prisoners of war or convicts, who fought until one side was destroyed, boats sunk and thousands dead.
Because it was Roman, slaves and prisoners were readily available for the entertainment of those in charge over the years.
It is said that a naumachia was performed for Henry II of France in Rouen in 1550 and another was held in Milan for Napoleon in 1807.
In 18th and 19th century England, several parks featured mock naval battles with model ships, which were also referred to as naumachia.
Peasholm Park in Scarborough, England, still stages such an event. Smaller, theatrebased aqua dramas were also popular.
One has to wonder how much collateral damage occurred during these games, as the crowd surrounded this display and if there was something like a splash zone in the first few rows like at Sea World? Shakira’s song Whenever, Wherever is definitely my favourite because I like the more modern music and when I thought about belly dancing, the first thing that came into my head was Shakira and that’s why I wanted to learn how to belly dance. Because it’s a great experience, you get fit and you learn how to move your body in so many ways that can help in everyday life, and the exercises instead of stressing yourself out make your body feel good afterwards. You feel energetic and move around a lot easier. It makes you feel great knowing you can go again! Kind of – it gets you working out and you don’t realise until you are halfway through and realise how much it works out. Also it’s a lot cheaper than a gym and you learn new moves. But it’s more of a social gathering at the same time, it gives my friends and I an excuse to hang out every Monday and do something together and keep each other motivated. Yeah a few! When you realise you are going the wrong way and everyone else is going the right way, when you trip over or get your veil tangled... one rehearsal I accidentally whipped the instructor in the face with my veil! We just did a performance at the Health and Wellbeing Expo, it was really awesome to show everybody what’s been going on and everybody get really excited. Some joined in and we have actually added a few more to our class. Hopefully they stick around because they are really awesome people.