The arms of Agamemnon in the Iliad are a coherent panoply that can successfully be worn and fought in. To demonstrate that the armor is coherent, wearable, and purposeful, I create an actual set of armor based primarily on a close reading of the Iliad , focusing on 11.15-45 and parallel passages of arming scenes and types of armor, such as the Arrow of Pandarus (Il. 4.132) to fill in the “holes” left by Agamemnon’s arming scene. I try to avoid artistic depictions of any time period for my armor because heroic art is often made independent of the Homeric epics. The full picture shows that the vocabulary used in the Iliad for armor is clear, precise, and technical and is a powerful tool of characterization for Homer’s heroes.


Shaya, Josephine


Classical Studies


Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art and Architecture | Classical Archaeology and Art History | Classical Literature and Philology | Military History | Other Classics


agamemnon, armor, Iliad, reconstruction, close reading, bronze, armoring, blacksmith, hephaestus, greek, hero, hero cult, Homer

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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