Life Size Spartan Hoplite Shield

Life Size Spartan Hoplite Shield

AH3721
 
$239.00
Ancient Greek life size Spartan shield.

The shield, aspis in Greek, was carried by Greek infantry (hoplites) of various periods and is often referred to as a hoplon.

A hoplon shield was a deeply dished shield made of wood. Some shields had a thin sheet of bronze on the outer face, often just around the rim. In some periods, the convention was to decorate the aspis; in others, it was usually left plain. Probably the most famous aspis decoration is that of Sparta: a capital lambda. (more on Spartan Art of War...)


Characteristics

Material
Brass, leather, wood
Diameter
58 cm (23 in.)

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