The Linen Legions

The Linen Legions 1

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.

Enlarge Image
close The Linen Legions 1

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.

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.

Gregory S. Aldrete is out to change this perception. Aldrete, a professor of history and humanistic studies, is an author, along with Scott Bartell and Alicia Aldrete, of Reconstructing Ancient Linen Body Armor: Unraveling the