Let’s talk about forearm handshake. This method of greeting is believed to date from the early 5th century BC, and has many other names such as the Roman handshake, the Spartan handshake, the Viking handshake, and in exuberant modern people, the warrior handshake.
Instead of changing handgrips, both hold each other’s forearms just below the elbows.
When did the Spartan handshake come into use?
Some sources say that the forearm handshake came into use as early as the 5th century BC. Others speculate that it was a little later, citing the 1st century BC as a more likely date.
The reality is that there is a lot of evidence that common handshakes did exist and were in fact common during Roman times. So, it seems that the association as the “Roman handshake” caught on at a later date, certainly after the famous movies and TV shows depicting that era.
From this point on, the same “warrior handshake” appeared on screen in other versions of the play and in fact in various films and television series. An interesting speculation is that actors were taught to shake hands with the forearm by the painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.
His meticulous archaeological research, including research into Roman architecture (which was so intense that every building depicted in his canvases could be built using Roman Tools and Methods), was led by Hollywood directors DW Griffiths Intolerance (1916), Ben Hur (His paintings were used by Hollywood directors as source material for films such as 1926) and Cleopatra (1934).
What is meant by forearm handshake?
They say that in Roman times people used to grab another person’s forearm to check for hidden blades.
But if you look at the coins of that era, many people are seen holding their wrists. Maybe it’s a different handshake altogether. But since hiding a blade on your sleeve doesn’t seem like the smartest place to hide a weapon, I’m not entirely convinced that was the reason the Spartan handshake came into existence.
It is possible – but I am speculating here – those human hands were seen as impure because of their use in many, shall we say, impure acts. However, the forearms must have been clean compared to the hands, especially if they were hidden under a garment or armor.
Like, Vikings, Romans, or whoever, simply wanted to maintain their cleanliness and avoid getting germs from others, which has some merit.
Should we bring back the Roman handshake?
I always think it’s weird for it to bring something back into fashion, especially when we can’t verify the way or reason with which the handshake came into existence.
First of all, when you do forearm handshake there is no need to hold the other person’s hand to show your strength because grab is only meant to be lighter.
Forearm handshakes can prevent the spread of germs. But with soap’s wide reach in the modern world, that may not be reason enough to bring it back.
In addition, it may help prevent the spread of germs, but given that most people already have germs on their hands – and given our unlimited access to soups and other such products – it may be worth bringing it back. May not be the best reason.
However, the best reason to bring back the Spartan handshake is because it looks good.
With the introduction of modern business organizations and all the hard work that goes into working in such a company, bucking the trend and reverting to more initial greeting methods separates you from the sea of overly polite business people who prefer to talk with strangers and co-workers. Shake more hands to your own family.
What is the best name for a Spartan handshake?
This is a question that I have pondered on for some time. And after deliberating with my friends, I think the best name is forearm handshake because the technique of greeting (ie, holding the forearm) seems to be more important than the time period since it originated.
If you’ve seen a certain TV series, you might call it a Spartan handshake, which is fine. Or if you are a Viking descendant, you can also call it something different.
Either way, please don’t call it a warrior handshake because, as we said, it’s unlikely that every handshake in Roman times was a look for concealed weapons.
Why you should start doing the forearm handshake
Forearm handshake is known by many names: among them “Roman,” “Spartan,” and “Civil War.” But you don’t and you probably haven’t even considered actually including it in your greeting rotation; you are not alone
For some reason, this remarkably cool gesture hasn’t really caught on in contemporary culture. My goal is to change that.[And yes, it qualifies as a handshake. Your hands are involved and there is only a slight vibration in the process; Don’t get bogged down in the semantics of the name right now.]
It is impossible to go up
No one will ever give or receive a hand which is lacking in any department. Say goodbye to the wicked gallery of handshakes: the guy with limp fingers, the guy-trying-hard-to-prove-he-a-she-breaks your-fingers, and the guy who refuses his Drop hands (we get it, you’re trying really hard) – they don’t exist in the world of forearm shakes
When you hold a guy’s forearm, there’s nothing to do, which means there’s nothing to do wrong either. Even if you’re trying to squeeze and hurt someone, there’s little chance you can come close to doing so (try it on your forearm right now – get closer to hitting the foot). before your fingers will start to hurt—a long coiled mass of muscle). One cannot hold for too long because when a person moves their grip forward, they can easily take their hand out of the action and begin the end of the shake.
Nobody Really Does This
There’s a reason we have to qualify this as a “forearm handshake” – the “forearm” modifier wouldn’t be necessary, if it were standard. In terms of current greeting gestures among people, there are basically three options:
- Standard handshake (or a derivative where you slap/hold hands in some way)
- Twitching of fists
- Handshake-in-a-quick-hug cheese
Don’t you want some variety? Don’t we need anything? When was the last time you saw someone (friend or other) shaking hands? Absolutely. Start doing it and you will immediately find yourself far from ideal. Bonus: You and I will become friends immediately.
It’s More Than a Masculine Bondage Trick
First, masculinity increases exponentially as you go back in time, simply by virtue of the fact that it has become easier to survive on Earth over time (though if we begin to colonize space, the barometer can be reset to some extent) – there is a rough hierarchy of masculinity that is directly related to chronology:
- Ancient Egyptians
- Ancient Greek
- Knights of the Round Table
- American settlers
- Soldiers who raided Normandyv
From there, consider the strength inherent in two men holding each other’s arms. It’s like you’re helping someone after the big game at an NFL game or saving someone from falling off a cliff or off an airplane.
Its more hygienic
Everyone knows that human hands can (and usually can) be disgusting living Petri dishes, containing an endless amount of bacteria and germs throughout the day. Do you know the number of germs and bacteria on your forearm?
well, neither am I. But it should be much less than your hands (if you’re going with long sleeves, that’s to say how little germs/bacteria are on your clothed forearm).
it’s gross. I want to believe, in a world of media-induced paranoid fear after swine flu, we all wash and sanitize our hands after using the bathroom, but really, who can be trusted? I’m sorry, but I don’t want whatever you have in your hands to be in my hands. Oh, and nobody’s forearms get hot or cold or sticky or dry—that’s a huge win for forearm contact. Keep it over the wrist, for everyone.
It’s Just Better
Touching one’s forearms says a lot. This gets you a little closer to them, making the gesture more powerful than a handshake (in a manner of speaking). This different tone was used for the friendly social setting (“Hey, we’re friends and we’re comfortable enough to hold each other’s forearms”) and for the first meeting. I’m trying to bond with you like we’re going to fight with each other in the Peloponnesian War and we’ll be fast friends”).
Also, when you think about it, the standard palm-to-palm handshake is a verb that denotes “I want to make physical contact with you but I want all of us to be as far away as possible, while still able to make contact said.” – does this send a good message to anyone?
Additionally, the forearm has a great clash of cultures and messages. The various names put on it suggest that this gesture has been present throughout the world, throughout history.
Final thoughts on forearm handshake
This handshake has been called many things from the forearm handshake to a spartan handshake, but nevertheless whatever it called, it’s really worth trying out.
We may have more information about this greeting in the future, and if you have more information, feel free to let us know.