Achilles, the armor ever found. Original article by Alessandro Brizzi.

Achilles, nicknamed fast or fast-paced, is a hero of Greek mythology, the legendary hero of the Trojan War and protagonist of the Iliad.

Can be considered a protagonist along with Hector of the Iliad, in fact, it already appears in the first song. Many legends see as the protagonist out of the Iliad who closes with the return of the body of Hector to his father Priam, King of Troy. As prophesied by Hector at the point of death,  was subsequently killed by Paride with a poisoned straight arrow in his right heel, his only deadly spot (according to Stazio). In other versions, god Apollo led the arrow thrown by Paris, and in others, it is said that Achilles while climbing the gates of Troy, was struck by the poisoned arrow.

Achilles armor was the subject of dispute between Ulysses and Aiace Telamonio, who if they contended, holding speeches on why each of them should be considered the bravest of Achilles soldiers after Achilles and therefore deserving of his armor: in the end , Was assigned to Ulysses, considered more useful for victory, thanks to his cunning and rhetoric. Irritated for injustice Aiace cursed Ulysses, triggering the anger of the patron goddess of Athena, who made Aiace temporarily crazy: he began to kill sheep, exchanging them for the companions who had laughed at him. When Aiace returned to shame, he was killed. Then Ulysses gave the armor to Neottolemo, son of Achilles. A relic, though Achilles’ spear from the bronze head, has been preserved for centuries in an Athens temple on the Acropolis (the highest part) of Faselide, in Licia. The city was visited in 333 BC By Alexander the Great who identified himself as the new Achilles, carrying the Iliad, but his court biographers did not mention the spear that the Macedonian king could not help but touch the emotion. The Lance mentions Pausanias the Periegeta in the 2nd century AD. Achilles armor is supposed to be Greek. Greek armor made of a Greek muscular armor in use since the middle of the 6th century BC The high cost of achievement of the Greek Army limited its use to wealthy warriors, but its popularity remained constant until Roman times where the same model was adopted by senior officers. Here is a set of elements:

  – Muscular body made of black metal adorned with two dragons and a lion head lined in the center of the chest and fitted with leather strips (pteruges) fastened along the lower edge to protect the legs.

- Muscular body made of black metal adorned with two dragons.

– Muscular body made of black metal adorned with two dragons.

 

– Greek-Corinthian Hemisphere of the fifth century BC, with crest, fixed and nasal paragnaths. It is also widely used in southern Italy due to the importance of the Greek colonies on site.

- Greek-Corinthian Hemisphere of the fifth century BC, with crest.

– Greek-Corinthian Hemisphere of the fifth century BC, with crest.

 

– Round shields: or Greek in use in the eighth century BC From the characteristic oval shape with lateral notches, known as “Dipylon” by the name of an Athenian necropolis where numerous representations of it have been found.

- Round shields or Greek in use in the eighth century BC From the characteristic oval shape with lateral notches.

– Round shields or Greek in use in the eighth century BC From the characteristic oval shape with lateral notches.

 

Achilles, the armor ever found. Original article by Alessandro Brizzi.

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Achilles, the armor ever found. Original article by Alessandro Brizzi.

Achilles, the armor ever found.