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The Linen Legions

Courtesy of Greg Aldrete

Three versions of reconstructed linothorax: The one on the left is modeled on the linen armor worn by Alexander the Great as depicted in the "Alexander Mosaic," at Pompeii.
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When most people think of warfare in the ancient Mediterranean world, they picture armored men fighting with heavy spears. The Greek hoplite—the quintessential, heavily armored "man of bronze"—has long dominated the popular imagination.


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