Ancient Greek Armors
“Ares” leather thorax
5th-1th century BC
The thorax follows the common generic outline of a Linothorax torso, it being consisted by torso, pteryges (πτέρυγες) and epomides (επωμίδες) constructed exclusively from thick waxed leather. The epomides and the torso parts are being consisted by a thick layer of leather creating a high durable surface able to stop a variety of incoming threats e.g arrow heads etc.
The thigh area is being protected by a double layer of thick leather pteryges (long and short) which offer an efficient level of protection and mobility. The three individual major parts of the thorax are being connected with bronze staples forming a solid body.
All the endings have been covered with folded purple leather sewed by hands. The fastening mechanism includes three pairs of bronze loops with margarita-like casted bronze bases in left side and two pairs of rings with lion like decorative bronze bases in the breast area. Respectively, the right side has been covered with rectangular bronze scales creating a reinforced flexible “square” beneath the right armpit. At the frontal parts of epomides two stylize apotropaic repusse made “Eyes” have been placed, common decorative pattern in Greek art.