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Major Bloodnok21 Dec 2020 5:16 a.m. PST

Out of curiosity were the naked fanatics (Gaesti?), or naked nutters as I like to call them, formed into units/clumps etc or were they individuals within a cluster of warriors? Thanks!

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian21 Dec 2020 5:41 a.m. PST

Probably some of both. There was a concept that when the fighting spirit came upon them, the Gauls would strip down and charge. But seems to me that Caesar implied unit/grouping when he ran into the Gaeseti early in the Gallic Wars.

Just a painter22 Dec 2020 11:07 a.m. PST

I group them as a unit, like at the battle of Telamon.

d88mm194022 Dec 2020 4:57 p.m. PST

Isn't 'Naked Nutters' just a little too descriptive…
(giggle, snicker)

Major Bloodnok23 Dec 2020 5:11 a.m. PST

How about "Steady the Buffs"?

williamb25 Dec 2020 10:11 a.m. PST

Polybius wrote that the Gaesatae were "Gauls dwelling among the Alps and near the Rhone". They were hired as mercenaries by other tribes so most likely fought as a group. There may have been individuals who imitated them.

Cassius Dio mentions that Septimius Severus waged war with some British tribes that fought naked. The reason for this was they lived and fought in swampy environments where clothing or armor would be a hinderance. So most likely fighting as a tribal group.

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