The ''Hoplon'' was an early form of Ancient Greek Shield, which was revolutionary in it's design. Unlike the ''notched'' versions, The Hoplon was a completely round Shield of iron, used not only for close quarters combat, but for use in protection against ranged (arrow and spear) weapons. Heavy at 5-lbs, this Shield was often reinforced with animal hide and wood (inside, near the Guige Handle). Named for the specific type of Warrior (Hoplite), they would revolutionize Greek Warfare starting in the 8th Century BC. Often decorated with various ''Religious imagery'' or with mythological symbolism (animals), Hoplons were often brightly painted.