PHOTOGRAPHS                                   4/22/07

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Better view of my chiton and scabbard.  The chiton (tunic) is 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.  I ironed pleats into the bottom half, though they have to be re-done after each washing.  My tie belt is made of a folded and stitched strip of linen.
Showing inside of hoplon.  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 hoplon rim is brass.
In my gear at Roman Days, June 2001, with various Romans in the background.  Note the buttspike and how it counterbalances the spear, allowing me to grip it farther back and giving a longer reach.   I'm wearing my white wool Roman tunica instead of my proper chiton, sorry about that.
Side view of helmet with very exciting crest.  For more information on building a crest, see the Legio XX page on Roman Helmet Crests.  Most Roman crests were supported an inch or two above the crown; some Greek crests were also done that way, but most in the Classical period were mounted directly on the bowl.  Some very early crest boxes made of bronze survive, but none from the Classical period, implying that wood was used.  Those shown on vase paintings have painted decoration (but then, so do some helmets!).
Detail of my crest attachments.  Not wanting to make any irreversable holes or the like, I soldered a pin to the back of the helmet and a tab to the top, and made a corresponding hole and slot in the wood block to match.  Then I drilled a hole through the block and the tab for a lockpin.  Just how crests were attached on the original helmets is difficult to tell.  Many have holes, pegs, or little rings in various locations, but no crests have survived to show any corresponding features.
Muscled cuirass owned and made by Emmanuel Trivoulides.  He gave it an "antiqued" look whereas I prefer polished, but it is a GORGEOUS piece anyway!

The Baltimore Greek Independence Day Parade, March 25, 2007.  We were led by John Trikeriotis, second from left; with him was his brother Mike, far left.  It was their first time in their full kit.  Dan Zeidler is at right as a Thracian peltast.  It was a very enjoyable parade, not very long--just as well since our greaves were eating our legs!  Padding is your friend.  (Photo courtesy of John Trikeriotis)

Thomas Daniels made this thick, luscious crest for his Deepeeka brass Corinthian helmet.  The wood block is not yet painted.
Tom Kolb's helmet and falcata, left, along with my gear before the hoplon was finished.  Tom's helmet was also made by Joe Piela, from brass, and it is all one piece except for the tips of the cheekpieces (the piece of metal wasn't quite big enough).
View of me from the left rear.  (Thanks to George Metz for the photo.) 

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.

John Kadoglou, Greece, in his linothorax, one of two he has made.  He is also wearing his first greave, still in progress.

George Marcinek of Staten Island, NY, is making and buying enough gear to equip his own phalanx!   Shown at left with his brother at a local Greek festival.  At the moment he can equip about 6 hoplites.  No, I don't know WHAT he does for money!  See his website and join his group: 

George with his son and brother in a local parade.

Kevin Hendryx's bell cuirass and helmet at left, and greaves at right, all made by Darkheart Armory.
Michael Broyles' linothorax, which he made himself, and his pilos helmet is by Manning Imperial
Hoplon made and owned by Jon Martin, Boston, MA.  Leather face, brass rim and gorgon.  Interior, right.  He has a newer one, even nicer, shown on the Hoplon page.
Jon's Spartan kothon field cup and canteen were made by Matt Zehr of  The Ole Adirondack Pottery Shoppe,  His greaves are by Joe Piela of Lonely Mountain Forge.

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