Dimitrios Katsikis was born in Athens (Greece). He graduated from the Agricultural University of Athens (department of Agricultural Biotechnology) and he holds a MSc degree from the Wageningen University of the Netherlands (“Urban environmental management”).
His inborn passion for Greek and in general Eastern Mediterranean History & Art led him to a deep and extended personal research on these very topics. Back to 2009 his interest was focus on the military technology of Eastern Roman Orthodox Empire.
After deep examination of Orthodox Ecclesiastical art (Military Saint hagiography) he proceeded to the actual materialization of the above Artistic depictions. At May 2010 presents his first artistic work into the Museum hall of the Dumbarton Oaks Museum and research library (Τrustees of Harvard) during the ongoing International Symposium «Μilitary Men in Byzantium, Emperors, Saints, and Soldiers at Arms» after the invitation of the museum curator Gudrun Buhl and the co -organizer renown professor of History Jon Haldon (Professor of History and Hellenic Studies Princeton University).
After that, he continues the recreation of armors from all distinctive cultural phases of Greek &Hellenistic civilization covering ,in total, a time distance of 3000 years.
ΤToday he is able to construct high quality armors from the Late Helladic Period (Mycenaean era, 15th -11th centuries BC), to Archaic/ Classical/ Hellenistic era and finally Armors from the Middle and Late period of Eastern Roman Empire (known as Byzantium).
Over more than six centuries of oblivion, he managed to “resurrect” in a professional and austere manner the Greek school of traditional armoring (originally began at the middle of the 16th century BC), enlightening in that way a vague and in great extent forgotten legacy of the timeless Greek Past. In his personal web site www.HellenicArmors.gr someone can see and study some major and minor recreated armors.
He lives and creates in Athens and likes to repeat again and again the following quote:
The historical, military and religious role of the armors to the Greek past it is very difficult to be estimated to its pragmatic dimensions, these very artifacts have deep stigmatized the route and the stream of the Greek civilization throughout three millennia. Homeric Heroes, Gods, Athenian and Spartan hoplites, holly Hellenistic Hegemons, powerful Roman Emperors, imposing Orthodox Military Saint have been represented bearing heavy impressive armors. An expert eye can detect Greek style armors in various means of artistic expressions (pottery, sculpturing, painting etc.) from Euxine Ponto, to South Italy, to North Africa, to Middle East &Asia Minor and far to the Western India (Gandhara Art). The Athenian muscle cuirass (5th century BC) should be considered by far the most influential body armor of the Western hemisphere.
Dimitrios Katsikis is a very talented artist, his bronze land leather awesome reconstructions of ancient Greek land Roman-Byzantine military equipment are made with great skill. His pieces are based as much as possible on archaeological elements and reproduced with high accuracy and professionalism. The reproducted weaponry maintain their functionality and can be used as re-enactment as well as historical/archaeological display purpose.
Dimitrios Katsikis is a talented artist and researcher who produces hand-crafted armor that is historically accurate. His armors are not only beautiful pieces of art, but constitute significant contributions to scholarship on ancient warfare. The insights that Dimitrios has gained though his practical hand-on, experience reconstructing ancient armor has been of great aid to my own research as well as that of other academics, and I look forward to his future projects.
The talent of Dimitrios Katsikis does not need to be described. It is enough to look at his reconstruction to understand how he is able to bring back to life the art of the ancient armoury craftmanship of the Greco-Roman world. His works are not replicas, but authentic armours which show the brightness and the power of the ancient and medieval warriors, their care about efficiency and effectivity but, in the same time, their love for the estetic and the beauty, also in the military accoutrement. The works of Dimitrios deserve a world-wide exposition. I am trying to organize it in occasion of the next archaeological exhibition, to show these artworks to the lovers of the true history and archaeology.
Byzantine armour and weapons did not survive in sufficient number and this is a subject of scholarly debate. In his reconstructions, Dimitris Katsikis accurately follows academic theories and visualises the lost heritage of the Middle Ages.
Πολύ συχνά προκύπτει το ερώτημα για το κατά πόσο η επιλογή ενός ολομεταλλικού θώρακα (αρθρωτού ή μη) κρίνεται καταλληλότερη σε σύγκριση με έναν οργανικό θώρακα (σύνθετου ή μη) και δευτερευόντως, ποιος από τους δύο αυτούς τρόπους θωράκισης ήταν πιο προσφιλής στους Έλληνες της Ηπειρωτικής Ελλάδος από τον 15o μέχρι τον 5ο π.Χ αιώνα.