Product Name:Praetorian Guard
- brass articulated shin plate and knee plate
- black finished interior
- leather cord is knotted to the back rings
- Individual Leg - Overall Length: 22 5/8 Shin Plate Length: 16 1/2 Knee Plate Length: 6 3/4
- Weight of Individual Greave: 2 lb 12 oz
These Praetorian greaves from Deepeeka are made from brass. The shin plate and knee plate are separate, though they are hinged together for articulated movement. They are richly embossed with a Guardsman and Serpents upon one greave and Hercules upon another. Both have the eagle of Rome embossed upon the knee. The interior of the greaves have a black finish. Leather cord is knotted to the back rings, allowing for the greaves to be laced to the leg.
The Praetorian Guard was a force of bodyguards used by Roman Emperors. The title was already used during the Roman Republic for the guards of Roman generals, at least since the rise to prominence of the Scipio family around 275 BC. The Guard was dissolved by Emperor Constantine I in the 4th century.
Greek greaves of “Denda”, ca. 500 BC, Staatliche Antikensammlungen (Inv. 4330).