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Aspis shield - did they ever cover them in copper?
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Been looking thru all my books, as well as digging up stuff on the internet, and even looked thru search function here.

I have read they covered some in leather, some was just the wood painted over with maybe a linen or some such cover over it, and I know they covered them in bronze. But been looking to see if they ever covered them in copper.

Going thru the materials themselves, I would think it is just as good a material as bronze for it, but I am probably missing something.

So do we have any evidence, that some where covered in copper?

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John Tibbs
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#2
Pure copper was rather rare. So I´d say no. See also:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronze
Copper also is rather soft:
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/c...bronze.svg
Christian K.

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Quote:Going thru the materials themselves, I would think it is just as good a material as bronze for it, but I am probably missing something.
The difference between copper and bronze is just as dramatic as the difference between iron and steel. Pure copper is useless as a weapon or armour but bronze was as effective as all but the best quench-hardened steels. I'm talking about proper tin-bronze, not the rubbish that pretends to be bronze today.
Author: Bronze Age Military Equipment, Pen & Sword Books
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Pliny has some interesting things to say about bronze.
Christian K.

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