Spears
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Spears

This page is just a notebook. Spears are surprisingly neglected, with some recent books relying on appeals to 19th century authorities rather than specific artefacts, paintings, or comparative evidence. My Call for Sources: Spears in the Imperium Romanum lists some places to look for comparative evidence, How Long are the Spears of the Warriors at Susa? looks at art as a source.

Some useful articles are:

  • J.K. Anderson, “Hoplite Weapons and Offensive Arms,” in V.D. Hanson (ed.), Hoplites: The Classical Greek Battle Experience (1991)
  • Kevin de Groote, “All your Strength is in your Spears”
  • Sekunda, “Sarissa”
  • Krentz, “A Cup by Douris”
  • Xen. Hunt 10.3 on boar-spears

Paul Bardunias found four examples in the Beazley Archive Pottery Database where a Greek hoplite’s spear seems to have a wrapping where it is supposed to be gripped https://www.cvaonline.org/XDB/ASP/searchOpen.asp#aHeader

He also found a sculpture of a horseman with a long spear and a short spear from an Osprey book by Nicholas Sekunda: the grave stele of Panaitios, National Archaeological Museum, Athens. The long spear is about 1.62 times as long as its wielder, so it he is 170 cm tall, the spear is 275 cm long.

I will continue to add notes here, but spears really deserve a more detailed treatment than I an afford to write here!

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