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How many Greek reenactors are there?
#1
Just out of curiousity.......
Gaius Opius Fugi (Adam Cripps)
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#2
Hmm, so far it seems most people responding to this poll are saying they're thinking about it. What is holding everyone back from doing it? For me, it is the other 300 years of history I do is taking up all my time at the moment, but once things slack off a bit I'm seeing a Greek impression in the future. Also need to get some people here locally to do it with me, or else it will get very lonely and boring.

Cheers,
Adam C.
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#3
For me it's doing the re-search and making the gear. It's progressing slowly but surely but I don't have anything to share yet.
Quote o\' the moment:"Being stabbed in the stomach with a pugio would be rather like being disembowelled with a small shovel."
Bill McConnell, The Grey Company
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#4
The Hoplite Association of the UK has about thirty active members. I know of at least one other group who cover Greeks and I hear of individuals re-enacting for fun and profit. My friend George Georgiou, in London is an independent re-enactor and does work in Greek schools there.

This discussion group is great for me; it's useful to hear from people whose approach is academic, as well as those who are in it for fun or are more practical, but I would really like to see more re-enactors, so that we could "mobilise" larger Phalanges. See my poll on Hoplite Gathering. Also, Greeks in Wales. Confusedhock:
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#5
Gaius Opius Fugi\\n[quote]Hmm, so far it seems most people responding to this poll are saying they're thinking about it.

And the second-largest group is the "Noes"!

Yes, it is difficult to get the kit and can be very expensive and/or time-consuming, but more kit is coming onto the market and the cost is decreasing all the time. The greater the demand becomes, the cheaper kit is likely to become. I have said elsewhere that I have designed a shield for manufacture by Ashok Rai, in India. These should be quite cheap*, and on sale late this year.

For would-be Hoplites in the UK, The Hoplite Association has a couple of spare shields, helmets and dories, which you can borrow while you acquire your own. We will also teach you how to make a linothorax, a chiton and sandals. Finally, our members can make and supply these things for you, as well as weapons, if you'd rather spend money than time. Our Armourer is taking steps to producing shields himself, while other members have made shields as a one-off.

I note that there is a huge amount of talent for making re-constructions in America (Matthew Amt, contributor to this forum, springs to mind) and mainland Europe, so what's holding people back? I look forward to the day when I will march in a lochos of Hoplites from all over the world, shaded from the sun by the arrows of Persian re-enactors, ditto! So come on, Hoplites of the world, march!

* i.e. much less than the £300-£400 you can pay now.
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#6
quick reply as to no. hehehe i have a wife that will kill me if i do another time period. it looks cool, and i know you could do a lot with a greek kit, but man would i get killed.
Tiberius Claudius Lupus

Chuck Russell
Keyser,WV, USA
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#7
Sorry to hear that, Chuck, but then, do you want to live forever? Big Grin
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#8
hehehe well she'd kill me, then bring me back to life and do it all over again hehehe Wink
Tiberius Claudius Lupus

Chuck Russell
Keyser,WV, USA
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#9
I am no hoplite, but a peltast impression, but it is still greek, and only cost $150
aka., John Shook
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#10
Yes the damned costs again! I think I will start with the Peltast or Ekdromos type and I will progress to full Hoplite. My wife promished support for the clothing.
Chuck is there anything that your wife knows and that might tell mine and dumpen her enthousiasm? Should I worry???
Pauls words certainly were encouraging.
We might meet each other in person after all!
Kind regards
Stefanos
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#11
We NEED peltastoi! AND psiloi! I still haven't made a Pelte/a, but I've got javelins, I'll lend them to you. If anyone would like to come to one of our shows and be a psilos, I have an incredibly effective goatskin for defence and a Rigid Ovoid Concussion Killer ("ROCK" for short) - the last word in hand-held, anti-personnel missile technology! Stefanos has the right idea, start as scum and work your way up! Onward and upward! Who will be a brave man? Who will follow? Who will kill his man?
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#12
Summer 2006 that you suggested Paul seems fine.
I might have even aquired enough loot to promote Thetes to Triakosiomendimnos and appear as a full Hoplite. If not I will apear as Phokean Ekdromos.
Because of work I cannot promise apearence before but it is not unlikely.
Kind regards
Stefanos
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#13
That's the spirit, Stefanos! What's Zeus sotir niki? God grant us victory?
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#14
Literally it means ZEYS SAVIOR VICTORY.
Recorded by Xenophon as the Murioi battlecry at Kounaxa.
You DO NOT ask the God for victory you are SURE(!) he will watch your phalanx flatening the the mob opposite you!!
It is great way to keep the rythm and the line dressing.
It is also very unnerving chant particularly when you are on the receiving end of a solid wall of whields and spears.

Ιn Greek it is written ΖΕΥΣ ΣΩΤΗΡ ΝΙΚΗ. It can be used also as an example to explain why we have various letters to express the "I" vowel sound in our language.
Kind regards
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#15
Whew, FINALLY got around to getting registered (with Jasper's help!) so I could post here.

I voted as "Yes" cuz I have the gear and even get to wear it for about half an hour each year at Roman Days, as part of our "Evolution of the Roman Soldier" show. Did that this past Saturday, in fact. Otherwise, I've only worn it to one other event a couple years ago.

Yeah, it's a challenging impression. Either you have to have a lot of money to throw at it (to do it well), or you have to have multiple crafty skills. The linothorax, for instance, is armor but it's not metal, so most armorers won't try it. It's fabric but it's not sewing, so the average seamstress won't touch it, either.

Anyway, if my little old website will help or inspire anyone (CHUCK!!), here's the link:

http://www.larp.com/hoplite/

Khairete,

Matthew
Matthew Amt (Quintus)
Legio XX, USA
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