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Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks
I was mostly interested in the padding under the pectorales, which seems kinda a good idea to have, when strapping a metal square to the chest.. seems to me it would be quite unpleasant to wear (and run with it, throw javelins etc..) if it was just worn over a tunic.

I know typically Etruscan or South Italian frescoes show men mostly with tunics, but similarly to Greeks, they could be just portraying "idealized" picture, in a best possible way, while actual battle use might have been less colorful, similarly to Greeks notion to portray men naked.

Btw, is there any info available about typical march speed of Hoplites/Phalangites? Read somewhere Romans used standard march of 100 paces/min and quick march of 120 paces/minute, but i guess Romans would be a bit faster due to more open formation than what Greeks used?
Jaroslav Jakubov

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RE: Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks - by JaM - 09-22-2016, 01:18 PM

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