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Hellenic Armors

Ancient Greek Armors

Full-Metal Linothorax with Upward and Downward Bronze Scales

5th B.C.

Reconstruction of a linothorax heavily inspired by a 5th century BC artistic representation. It consists of about 2000 forged bronze scales mounted on a substrate suitable linen fabric. The epaulets, the torso and the strips are invested entirely with metal scales providing high level of protection. Characteristic peculiarity of this construction time is the direction of scales as they unfold from the bottom upwards. This provision allegedly offered better protection from low incoming blows, reinforcing the view that such armors were normally used by cavalry. Its weight amounts to 14 kg and is held on the body by using a four-point fastening system consisting of copper rings and leather straps. An engineering innovation is the locking mechanism of the epaulets with the employment of only one ring in the middle of the abdomen.

In order to increase protection to the chest area, the hoplite is wearing a scale collar consisting of approximately 400 bronze scales. This accessory is fixed with a leather strap on the back of the neck so as not to hinder head movements.

The boots, called "ekdromides", are made entirely of leather and in this edition cover almost the entire length of the lower limbs offering rudimentary protection from attacks and maintaining the temperature of the legs in comfortable levels. The sole has a thickness of about 1.5 cm and the outer surface has iron hobnails for better traction on the battlefield. The boots are fastened with leather laces held by couples of loops.

The wooden scabbard of the sword is suspended by a leather baldric on the hoplite’s left side. It is decorated with a bronze rosette and an elaborate wooden ending while a leather outer lining offers protection of wood and better fitting of the handle.