Vol. 51 (2015)


Shields dropped

Published July 8, 2020
György Németh
Eötvös Loránd University
rhipsaspis Horace Archilochus Alcaeus Anacreon Demosthenes Theomnestus
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Németh, G. (2020). Shields dropped. Acta Classica Universitatis Scientiarum Debreceniensis, 51, 5–16. Retrieved from https://ojs.lib.unideb.hu/classica/article/view/7835

Ancient sources regarded throwing away one’s shield as a punishable crime in Greek poleis, and their testimony has been accepted by modern scholarship. However, if we read the accounts of actual instances of shield-dropping, we find that the interests of the whole community often took precedence over the demand to penalize shield-droppers.