Sunday, January 17, 2010

Alexander the Great in Kevlar?

Laminated Linen Protected Alexander the Great : Discovery News

This article discusses the possibility that Alexander the Great may have worn armor with properties similar to Kevlar.  The substance is known as "linothorax".  It was made by merging together multiple layers of laminated linen.   The type of armor has been refrenced in quite a few manuscripts and accounts, but little is known about it, because no samples of it are known to have survived. 

A historical investigator Aldrete said:
 "Currently we have 27 descriptions by 18 different ancient authors and nearly 700 visual images on objects ranging from Greek vases to Etruscan temple reliefs,"

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