Greek Aspis

Guttman, Jon
January 2008
Military History;Jan/Feb2008, Vol. 24 Issue 10, p21
The article presents information on the basic weaponry of the ancient Greek infantryman, which is a spear and a shield. The latter, properly called an aspis, came to be equally well known as a hoplon, a generic term for weapon whose popular application to the aspis serves to underscore its importance. The aspis originally comprised a round, convex wooden shield, from 32 to 40 inches in diameter, its edges sheathed in a thin plate of bronze. Later versions were often entirely faced in bronze sheeting.


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