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Hellenic Armors

Ancient Greek Armors

Full-Metal Linothorax with Iron Scales

5th B.C.

Reconstruction of a linothorax with iron scales. This armor has over 1500 iron scales that cover all parts of the trunk, epaulets, torso and strips. The use of iron scales was a practical alternative to use of precious metals, i.e. brass and copper, but by no means inferior in terms of level of protection. The fastening onto the body is achieved with a five-points mechanism. It carries distinct decorative features on the chest and strips adding grandeur and prestige to its owner.

A Hellenistic period scale collar consisting of approximately 400 bronze scales covers the chest. 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.