Thursday, February 20, 2014

New military history related archaeology: Ancient Greece warrior

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens released their 2012-2013 Annual Report last month and it can be found here.  While normally I would prefer looking through the excavation reports, for now I must be content with this.  Page 8 shows an interesting find depicting an armed Greek warrior.  A small lekythos was excavated and it seems to depict an unusual scene – an apobates which is an event at the Panathenaic games where an armed competitor jumps on and off a moving chariot.  The scene shows a chariot with charioteer and a hoplite alongside.  A nice vivid, nearly complete image.  

 Pre 1904 image of Greek soldiers of the Greco-Persian Wars

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