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Ancient Greek shield-bands: Inside the mind of a hoplite

5:30pm-7:00pm on Tuesday 19 March

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Wolfson College, Gatsby Room (Chancellor's Centre) Wolfson College Barton Road, CB3 9BB

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Fewer images are more evocative of ancient Greek societies than the hoplite warrior, with his distinctive round shield adorned with a blazon. It is less commonly known that many hoplite shields were also decorated on their obverse side, with small images individually commissioned by soldiers. This talk will introduce the fascinating evidence of ancient Greek shield-bands, found mostly in the Peloponnese in southern Greece. Dating to the Archaic era (c. 700–450 BC), the shield-bands consisted of bronze strips placed inside the shield and adorned with small images chosen by the warriors themselves. These depictions featured scenes of mythical heroes, war-time brutality and gendered violence, which offer us a unique source of images and stories that accompanied individual men into combat. Being highly personal items, the shield-bands are a gateway into the mindset of Greek hoplites.
Dr Cezary Kucewicz is an Assistant Professor in Ancient History at the University of Gda?sk and Bye-Fellow at Wolfson College. Cezary completed his doctoral research in history at University College London. His thesis, supervised by Professor Hans van Wees, concerned the social history of Archaic Athens. He also holds a BA in Ancient History and Social Anthropology (University College London) and an MA in Ancient History (Cardiff University). He is the author of The Treatment of the War Dead in Archaic Athens: An Ancestral Custom (Bloomsbury 2021), which won the Early Career Researcher prize awarded by the Polish Academy of Sciences.

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Age: Young Adults 12 – 18, Adults
Format: Talk
Timing: In person, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 50
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Accessible toilet, Lift, Step-free access

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