Nau­machia

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

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.

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