Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Macedonian Armor

Although our school group is gearing up for Ancient and Classical Rome, we still have to complete our Greek presentations.  Due to illnesses, we needed to postpone our closing Greek Day.  More on that later.

In the meantime, my kids had more time to finish their projects.   My seven-year old immediately choose to do his presentation on the armor used in Alexander the Great's Macedonian army, called the Argyraspides.  They were a group of chosen men held in high honor.

They wore a smaller silver-plated shield on their arm so they could hold their smaller-sized sword, called a sarissa, with both hands - excellent for jabbing quickly into an enemy.

The body armor was called linothorax, which means "a breastplate of linen."  It was made of metal and glued together with animal fat.  The shin guards, called greaves, were made of a super thin metal and shaped to fit around the leg, as opposed to being tied.

My favorite is the helmet, which was made of bronze and featured a griffin on the crest.

Here he is trying it out on his older sister.  She looks like she's holding her own just fine.

By the way, all armor was easily made using lovely cardboard and essential duct tape.  Later it was painted with mixed acrylic paints or covered with silver spray paint.

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