The question is, Does the popular portrayal of these warriors as stylish, chivalrous heroes stem from the type of person who would do something new like this, or from the perceived novelty of their parent culture?
With the exception of the Phalanx, I'd like to point out that all of these groups are nobility(with some exceptions to early pilots, Captains are chivalrous and glorious by reputation, not their sailors necessarily)
Because they are nobility, they got the majority of the prestige, respect, glory, and even kills in battle, as the social distance created by being a noble made it easier for them to run down the peasantry that most armies consisted of once they began to retreat after a standoff. Thus these mounted nobility got more kills than anyone else on the battlefield until artillery came around.
Thus that is why these particular groups get so much glory. It's the reason why when Kim Kardashian makes a sex tape, it's instantly a sensation. When I make a sex tape, it's just a sex tape.
I.E. They are rich, and thus their reputation was written by others like them, and envied by those who were not. It is considered desireable and glamorous to be rich, and thus positions and titles that require you to be rich are equally desireable and glamrous to fantasize about.
edited 14th Dec '11 11:01:25 PM by Barkey
The AR-15 is responsible for 95% of all deaths each year. The rest of the deaths are from obesity and drone strikes.