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Leather Armor

  • Ancient Greece
  • 1 min

By Crusader1307

Although very few examples of Greek Leather Armor exist, it's construction and wear was well documented. (from the 4th Century B.C.). Considered a cheap alternative to the more expensive Bronze Armor, Leather Armor was made from Regional animal hide – tanned and prepared. Many layers were needed to construct the component. Cut into strips, the leather was weaved in a semi-vertical pattern (often several layers). This weaving pattern was unusually strong and could withstand a sword slash. A Back Attachment was also included and lashed together by straps. Often, heavy leather “plates” were attached to provide protection to the shoulder and upper arms. Greeks used Pteruges Straps (another item borrowed by The Roman). These thick leather straps hung down from the bottom of the Torso Armor as a shirt. The provided light protection to the exposed upper thighs and groin. Many Greek City States used Leather Armor for their “less experienced and trained soldiers” - although some “Veteran” Units were known to use it.