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Len Parker





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PostPosted: Fri 03 Aug, 2018 9:04 pm    Post subject: Celtic Armour In Plutarch's Lives         Reply with quote

Wish there was more detail.

From The Life of Marcellus:

Meanwhile the king of the Gauls espied him, and judging from his insignia that he was the commander, rode far out in front of the rest and confronted him, shouting challenges and brandishing his spear. His stature exceeded that of the other Gauls, and he was conspicuous for a suit of armour which was set off with gold and silver and bright colours and all sorts of broideries; it gleamed like lightning. 2 Accordingly, as Marcellus surveyed the ranks of the enemy, this seemed to him to be the most beautiful armour, and he concluded that it was this which he had vowed to the god. He therefore rushed upon the man, and by a thrust of his spear which pierced his adversary's breastplate, and by the impact of his horse in full career, threw him, still living, upon the ground, where, with a second and third blow, he promptly killed him. 3 Then leaping from his horse and laying his hands upon the armour of the dead, he looked towards heaven and said: "O Jupiter Feretrius, who beholdest the great deeds and exploits of generals and commanders in wars and fightings, I call thee to witness that I have overpowered and slain this man with my own hand, being the third Roman ruler and general so to slay a ruler and king, and that I dedicate to thee the first and most beautiful of the spoils. Do thou therefore grant us a like fortune as we prosecute the rest of the war."

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Matthew Amt




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PostPosted: Sat 04 Aug, 2018 12:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Celtic Armour In Plutarch's Lives         Reply with quote

Len Parker wrote:
Wish there was more detail.


You and me both! Can't even trust what's in the translation, though, have to pick apart the original... Sounds like nice armor, though!

Matthew
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