Spartan Warriors & Greek Hoplites; The Iliad &The Trojan Horse: Historical Paintings and Pictures of Marathon, Thermopylae, the Trojan war and more by David Johnson
Spartan Warriors & Greek Hoplites: The Illiad & the Trojan Horse -EXTREMELY realistic and accurate Historical paintings by David Johnson.
The 300 Spartans
This website is dedicated to King Leonidas, the 300 Spartans, 700 Thespians and other Greek warriors who fought to the death during the Battle of Thermopylae (Hot Gates) in August, 480 B.C. The Spartan and Thespian last stand has been immortalized in the works of Herodotus and glorified in the 1962 movie 'The 300 Spartans' starring Richard Egan, along with many other mediums consisting of artwork, books, statues, etc.
Illustration from John Warry's 'Warfare in the Classical World' (Salamander, 1980), shows a Spartan hoplite with the later linen cuirass augmented with bronze helmet, shield and greaves. It recalls the Spartan belief that long hair made an ugly man more hideous, and a handsome man more fearsome.
This hoplite rushes into battle wearing a traditional bell cuirass, supported by a mitra (belly guard) for extra defense, hanging from the bottom of his armour. For the protection of his legs, he wears both thigh guards and greaves, yet goes barefoot. At his side is a kopis (the kopis a little late to be with an archaic bell cuirass--JEB), while he carries his doru and aspis, which bears the device of the gorgoneion, which can also be an iteration of Phobos, personification of fear.