11 Deadliest Warriors In Popular History
There have been many great individuals in various fields of human endeavor throughout history from science to the arts, philosophy to politics, business to technology, but none of these greats has spilled more blood than the greatest warriors in history. So take a deep breath and get ready to discover 11 of the deadliest, most vicious, and bloodthirsty warriors who ever lived. Written by Theodoros II
ALEXANDER THE GREAT
Though he died at age thirty-three, the famous Greek king managed to conquer most of the then-known world and this is the reason why most historians consider him the greatest general who ever lived. He also fought on the front lines of every battle (unlike many other kings who just watched their troops fighting). He remained undefeated and took over every major kingdom of his day, such as Persia, India, and Egypt, among others, and he was the first king to spread Greek, and thus Western, civilization to other parts of the world.
The “Mongol destroyer,” as he’s known, set in motion the conquest of a quarter of the world’s population and is widely considered one of the greatest vanquishers of all time. His people believed that he was the greatest man of all time and that he was sent from heaven, which is the reason why he was known as the “Holy Warrior.”
Leonidas I was one of the two kings of Sparta during the Greco-Persian wars and the leader of one of the most ferocious military units in history: the three hundred Spartan hoplites. He’s remembered best for his unmatched boldness and fearless character, and rumor has it that during the end of the battle of Thermopylae he remained alone fighting against hundreds of thousands of Persian soldiers before he was killed.
Musashi was a skillful Japanese swordsman and an invincible rōnin (a samurai without a lord or master). He became a legend mainly because of his remarkable swordsmanship in numerous duels from the age of thirteen. He was the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship. Late in his life, after he had perfected his “Two Swords” fighting style, he ascended a mountain and wrote the definitive treatise on the Zen of Decapitation, which he titled A Book of Five Rings. Many historians and experts consider him the greatest swordsman who ever lived.
RICHARD THE LIONHEART
Richard was king of England, later known as the “Lionheart,” and famous for his exploits in the Third Crusade, although during his ten-year reign he spent only six months in England. He is described as an extremely skilled warrior who showed no mercy to his enemies and his most famous attribute was his courage and daring. They didn’t call him “Lionheart” for nothing.
PYRRHUS OF EPIRUS
Pyrrhus of Epirus was king of the Greek Molossians, and the one who gave the Romans hell. He was the first and only threat to Rome during its prime at the beginning of the empire. Actually he was the only man who kept beating the Roman legions. Some historians think that history would have been different if Pyrrhus had not been murdered in Argos. Hannibal Barca considered him the best general and the greatest warrior-king to ever live. Some of his battles, although victories, were so bloody and resulted in a terrible loss of life for his own men that they gave rise to the term “Pyrrhic victory,” an expression still in use today, especially in sports and politics.
Hannibal was born in 247 BC, in Carthage (the capital of what is now Tunisia), during a period when the kingdom had just lost a long important war with Rome and with it many territories. But Hannibal was meant to re-conquer many of these lands once he became an adult. It is believe that Hannibal was one of the greatest generals and military leaders of the ancient world and a brilliant strategist, who developed tactics of outflanking and surrounding the enemy with the combined forces of infantry and cavalry. His wars with the Roman Empire were some of the most epic of all antiquity.
Undoubtedly the most famous and skilled gladiator who ever lived, Spartacus, along with Crixus, Oenomaus, Castus, and Gannicus, was one of the slave leaders in the Third Servile War, a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic. No other individual terrorized the powerful republic the way he did.
VLAD THE IMPALER
Very few people in history have cast more terror into the human heart than Vlad the Impaler, or as he’s better known, Dracula. The man who became a legend and regarded as the Lord of Darkness was a real person and, for that matter, a hell of a warrior. He was born in 1431 in Transylvania, the central region of modern-day Romania, and ruled for many years. Vlad’s victories over the invading Ottoman Empire were viewed and celebrated throughout not only Romania but the rest of Europe and it is recorded that even Pope Pius II was impressed by his skill and fighting spirit. As for the reason he is remembered as the Impaler? He showed no mercy to his enemies, whom he impaled, and according to legend he drank their blood too.
Basil “the Bulgar-Slayer” was one of the most brutal, ruthless emperors in history, thus his nickname. He was a Byzantine emperor of Greek origin from the Macedonian dynasty and ruled the vast Byzantine Empire for nearly fifty years, from January 976 to 1025. At his death, the empire stretched from Southern Italy to the Caucasus and from the Danube to the borders of Palestine, its greatest territorial extent in over four centuries, and trust us, its conquest included lots of bloody battles in which Basil II was always fighting more viciously than any other member of the army.
ATTILA THE HUN
Attila the Hun was born in what is today Hungary and became one of the most violent and merciless rulers of the area. He was notorious for his fierce gaze and according to historian Edward Gibbon, he frequently rolled his eyes as if in pleasure at the terror he inspired. He also terrorized his enemies by claiming to own the sword of Ares, the Greek god of war, and judging from his vicious attacks and battles against the Roman Empire, his intimidation tactics worked just fine.