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Thorax
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(θώραξ; thṓrax).

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[1] Cuirass

Cuirass. As a part of Greek hoplite armour, the thorax protected the chest and the back. In the Geometric and Archaic Periods, it was commonly a bell-shaped armour made of bronze; it consisted of two hip-length plates that widened towards the bottom and were attached to each other at the sides. This thorax offered excellent cover against blows from lances and swords or shots f…

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Burckhardt, Leonhard (Basle), Welwei, Karl-Wilhelm (Bochum) and Lohmann, Hans (Bochum), “Thorax”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1211680>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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