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Roman Lorica Segmenta

Product Code: AB0006
Brand: Get Dressed For Battle
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This is a excellent reproduction of the Roman Lorica Segmenta. Made of hand-forged 18 gauge steel with an adjustable leather straps and ties. This item is shipped to you pre-oiled for protection and close attention to detail and quality is a top priority in every piece.

This is an excellent item for re-enactment and would make a great addition to any collection

Key Features:

Fits up to a 44 inch chest
18 gauge steel
Adjustable leather Straps
Excellent item for re-enactment

The Lorica segmentata was a type of segmented armour exclusively used in the Roman Empire, but the Latin name was first used in the 16th century (the ancient form is unknown, although it is possible that the Romans referred to the armour as "lorica laminata"). The armour itself consisted of broad ferrous (originally iron, but steel in modern recreations) strips ('girth hoops') fastened to internal leather straps. The strips were arranged horizontally on the body, overlapping downwards, and they surrounded the torso in two halves, being fastened at the front and back. The upper body and shoulders were protected by additional strips ('shoulder guards') and breast- and back plates. The form of the armour allowed it to be stored very compactly, since it was possible to separate it into four sections. The fitments that closed the various plate sections together (buckles, lobate hinges, hinged straps, tie-hooks, tie-rings, etc.) were, however, made of brass (copper-zinc alloy, with a composition of approximately 75% Cu: 25% Zn).
During the time of its use, it was modified several times, the currently recognised types being the Kalkriese, Corbridge and Newstead types. There was, however, a considerable overlap between these types in use and the Corbridge and Newstead types are often found at the same site (e.g. at Caerleon Wales, Carnuntum Austria, Carlisle England and Leon [Spain]). It is possible that there was a fourth type, a hybrid of the banded armour together with scale shoulder defences. However, this is only known from a badly damaged statue originating at Alba Iulia in Romania. The currently accepted range for the use of the armour is from about 9 B.C. (Dangstetten) to the late 3rd century A.D. (Leon). However, similar armouring techniques were used during the 16th century, employing sliding rivets and this was known as anima. Introduced in the early 1st century AD, the armour saw widespread use during the period of 2nd-3rd centuries AD.
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