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Baltimore Greek Independence Day parade, April 2016.
I'm at far left, Cheryl B. at center with the spiffy
shield. Vince, in the back, has his own shield and
helmet, while Matt D. and Jeffrey are borrowing mostly my
gear. Nippy day with a brisk wind, but we had a good
At right is our whole contingent marching up to the reviewing stand. David and Pam looked fabulous in their Mycenaean kit!
Athena and our Thracian were out of town this year, unfortunately.
Baltimore Greek Independence Day parade, April
2015. I recruited four Romans and a Celt to wear
my clothes and equipment for the day. Odysseus on
the far right (David M.) is wearing his own wonderful
clothes and boar tusk helmet, and has a lovely bronze
sword. A few people are wearing their own (Roman) tunics
or footwear. All the rest of the stuff is mine!
Jeffrey at far left as the Macedonian pikeman (with
spear instead of sarissa in consideration of power
lines!); Giuseppina as Athena; my humble self in my
Archaic gear; Vince who actually wasn't late this time
(in spite of getting lost repeatedly!); and Chris in a
stunning Thracian ensemble. Thanks to Ray C. for the
Thanks also to the Myrmidons, a friendly group that hosted us for the day.
Parade in progress. The Myrmidons are all in black
and red. Photo by Ray C.
Wooden comb, copied from an example from the agora in
Athens. I used cherry, with a coat of linseed
oil. Didn't break any teeth!
made this knife for Cheryl B. It's based on one
from Isthmia, which is actually over a foot long, but
she said "little knife" so I scaled it down. The
handle is bone, and the blade is just mild steel, ground
pair of voting discs or ballots. They're kind of
approximations, since they aren't cast--I cut them out
of 18-ga bronze and soldered a piece of rod through a
hole in the center. One I drilled through, the
other is solid. I didn't bother giving them a fine
finish. More likely they were left rough from the
casting, but that's a guess. Each voter coming to
the assembly would get a pair of these for each vote to
be taken. The ballot with the solid axle might be
assigned the "yes" vote, the hole for "no", or
whatever. The voter would hold each between his
fingers, covering the ends of the rods, and drop the
ballot of his choice into the voting box. The
other would go in a discard bucket. That kept the
Chris and I at the St. Theodore's Greek Festival in May
2015. Father Tim at right. VERY warm
weekend, but great food and good folks.
| My kit at Roman Days,
September 2014, George Mason University. This chiton
(tunic) is blue linen, about 41" wide by 44" tall, simply
a rectangle of fabric folded and sewn up one side to form
the body. There are no armholes at the sides;
instead, the back is pulled forward and pinned or stitched
to the front at two places, forming the neckhole in the
middle and the armholes on either side. Originally I
ironed pleats into the bottom half, though they had to be
re-done after each washing so eventually I gave up on
them! My tie belt is made of a folded and stitched
strip of linen. The fullness of the chiton can be
seen below. Helmet by Joe Piela of Lonely Mountain
Forge. I made my own crest, cuirass, greaves, sword,
and sandals--see the links above to other pages with more
|Showing inside of my first shield. My helmet was made by Joe Piela (Lonely Mountain Forge) of 18-gauge bronze. The exact alloy of the bronze is unknown, being some large sheets of scrap I picked up for a song. Ancient bronze was copper with 10 to 15 percent tin, but modern bronzes usually have little or no tin. To most people, the color is the important part, modern brass (copper and 25 to 30 percent zinc) being more yellowish than bronze. I made my greaves and the hoplon porpax (armband) from the same bronze, but the shield rim is brass.|
|Cheryl Boeckmann (Ampelios) and myself at the Virginia Junior Classical League convention (VJCL), November 2014. It was a BLAST, 2200 enthusiastic high school Latin (and Greek!) students. (We were actually there as part of my Legio XX.) Cheryl painted the inside and outside of her shield, and made her own spolas. I'm wearing my Archaic kit, c. 650 BC, with bell cuirass, Naue II sword, and early Corinthian helmet. My chiton is the earlier narrow style, made of blanket wool with wool embroidered decoration and fringe.|
| Our spread at
VJCL. Cheryl's glorious shield and helmet at
right, and her "fou-fou" or charcoal barbecue in front of
the basket at left. Most of the rest is mine (except
the Roman shields). Note that I have used the sacred
Roman battle standard as a hat rack. (Part of the
fun of being Greek is that even the Romans are
| On the second day,
I seduced two of the Romans over to the Greek side!
Chris as a thureophoros, and Quinton as a peltast.
I'm in my Macedonian rig, with spolas. That's my
long spear, since the sarissa was just a little dangerous
to be swinging around in a lobby full of students!
| Part of Joe Balmos'
display at Roman Days 2014. He has a lot of
excellent gear, and goes through a LOT of metal polish!
| "Hellenic Warriors"
at the Baltimore Greek Independence Day parade, March
2009. That's me with the blue shield with the
eye. Cheryl Boeckmann carries the black shield with
the scorpion, and Dan Zeidler is the Thracian peltast at
far left. John Trikeriotis, the group leader,
carries the shield with the red, white, and black radial
|Photo I took at the British Museum in 1984. Corinthian helmet at top left, with some sort of pilos helmet below. Greaves at center, with an nice pair of articulated footguards in front! Right is a Thracian helmet and a muscle cuirass, presumably either Macedonian or (more likely) Italian. Also a couple cute little bronze spearheads and 4 sling bullets.|
|Another Corinthian helmet at the British Museum, dating about 550 BC, at a guess.|
Marcinek of Staten Island, NY, has made and bought enough
gear to equip his own phalanx! Shown at left
with his brother at a local Greek festival. His home
would rival the arsenal at Athens. (I am NOT trying to
catch up with him. I'm not! I'm not! I'm
not!) See his website and join his group:
with his son and brother in a local parade.
| My own little
knife, made from a leftover tip of an old sword blade,
with a cherry handle.
| A nice big ceramic
flask from Cheryl (with hand-twisted cord!), and a lyre
from Joe. Got the wine and song covered!
|Jon Martin's Spartan kothon field cup and canteen were made by Matt Zehr of The Ole Adirondack Pottery Shoppe, http://www.oleadirondackpottery.com. His greaves are by Joe Piela of Lonely Mountain Forge.|
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