The findings of the spears in Ancient Olympia, inspired us to create a copy of a spearhead, which can be used as a letter opener, as well. The ancient greek spear, which was called "dory" (thori) was the most common used weapon in ancient Greece. A unique historical item, made of brass, for collectors and a marvellous piece of art for your office needs.
Dimensions: 18cm x 1,5cm
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The largest collection of ancient weapons known today, mainly late Geometric and Archaic, has come from Olympia. Weapons were by far the most suitable gift to Zeus, who presided over the fortunes of the competitors in the Olympic Games at Olympia, just as he presided over the outcome of battle elsewhere.
The offerings of cities from booty taken in victorious campaigns, or of individuals from their personal panoplies are not only tangible and incontestable evidence of actual historic events, thanks to the inscriptions so often engraved upon them, they enlarge our knowledge of the art of war as practised by the ancient Greeks. In addition, their decoration makes a rich contribution to the depiction of myths, and many possess particular artistic merit.
A spear or a dory was the chief armament of hoplites (heavy infantry) in ancient Greece and it was a pole weapon consisting of a shaft, usually of wood, with a pointed head and a butt-spike. The head was simply the sharpened end of the shaft itself, or it could be made of a more durable material fastened to the shaft, such as iron, steel, copper or bronze. The most common design for combat spears since ancient times has incorporated a metal spearhead shaped like a triangle or leaf. Like many weapons, a spear was a symbol of power.
The spear is the main weapon of the warriors of Homer's Iliad. In classical Greek mythology, Zeus' bolts of lightning may be interpreted as a symbolic spear. Also, Athena was depicted with a spear.
The original is exhibited in the Museum of Ancient Olympia.
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