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Hellenic Armors

Ancient Greek Armors

DIPYLON Type Shield

8th B.C.

Experimental reconstruction of an 8th BC century "Dipylon" type shield, made exclusively from branches of wicker and leather. The vertical length is 1.2 m and the horizontal length of the arcs is 0.90 m. The apertures on the left and right sides serve as "loopholes". The shield-handling system consists of a double grip combined with a leather baldric worn across the right shoulder. The shield’s surface consists of two layers of hardened skin and has a thickness of 6 mm. A total of 7 handmade bosses of Geometric period shape and decoration reinforce the defensive and offensive capability of the shield.

The shield covers the body of the archaic hoplite satisfactorily from mid-leg to neck (tower-shaped type). Its weight is 12 kg and due to its displacement it can be used as an offensive weapon (as a "ram"). Its tower-shaped type renders the use of armor almost unnecessary since the body of the carrier is covered entirely behind its surface.

DIPYLON Type Shield

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