Hoplites were soldiers with 2,5 m long spears and were known for their phalanx formation. The armour of a hoplite was standardized, so only men who were able to pay for such equipment could become a hoplite.
For protection the hoplites wore a helmet, a breastplate, greaves and a round shield. This shield was called an aspis and could weigh up to 15 kg. The best hoplites came from Sparta and this shield is a replica of an original from that city. The letter labda, L, is written on the front. It stands for the other name of Sparta: Lakedaimon. The shield is made of curved wood with a thickness of 11 mm and hand-painted fabric. The back has a leather grip and a rope for fastening. The shield has a diameter of 97 cm and a curve of 11 cm. It weighs approx. 6 kg.
This item is produced in limited quantities only. This means that every piece is unique. Sizes & finish may vary lightly from piece to piece.
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