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Ancient Greek Female Warrior by Pelycosaur24 Ancient Greek Female Warrior by Pelycosaur24

This is a Birthday Present for :icongambargin: :party: who depicts female warriors from all cultures in a very interesting and fascinating manner. I did my best to incorporate elements of his style! :D

Inspirational Music: www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-l2Jl…

So this is my version of an ancient Greek warrior woman from the late Helladic period (ca. 1500 BC). This would make her an adherent of Mycenaean Culture. These Bronze Age people are known for their impressive fortresses and palaces – for example at Tyrins, Athens, Pylos or Mycenae itself. They ruled modern day Greece from the 17th to the 11th Century BC and were organized in city states ruled by kings with the title “wanax”. Exactly why this culture suddenly vanished is not entirely clear.

As for the drawing: Her face and hair were modeled after depictions from Mycenean Art www.antike-repliken.de/shop/im…

The armor she is wearing is a version of the famous Dendra Amor:

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Complete with a traditional Mycenaean Boar's tusk helmet. The armor is made from sturdy bronze plates and reaches from the neck down to the knees. Therefore soldiers armed like this were practically immobile. They most likely stood on chariots that were driven close to the enemies lines. Protected from arrows they would then throw spears from short distance and retreat again.

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Gambargin Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
A Wonderful Drawing Pely! Thank you very much for the gift and the kind wish! :D

You get it so right with the face, it does look like the fair Mycenaean ladies, which reminds of me of the ancient Hellenic beauty! The choice for the culture is certainly interesting, because I'm still not sure as to what caused their "disappearance"...could it be that it related to the "Sea People" moving into Levant area?
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2015
You are welcome! I am very glad you like it :hug:

Thank you! I am very happy with the way it turned out - good to have so many paintings from that time!
To be honest I have always favored the mycenean era over classical greek for its awesome culture. Yes, the disapperance might had something to do with natural disasters or the "dorian invasion".
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Having worn medieval European armor, I'll bet that there is more mobility when wearing this armor than one would expect. I have seen photographs of a Yogi doing Asanas in the "Maximillian" style full plate.

Love the drawing! You caught the ancient style quite well.
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Thank you very much :D

That sounds quite impressive, it would be interesting to know wether similar experiments have been done before with mycenean armor... if not that sound like a job for me then :XD:
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
romanarmypodcast.com/001-rome-…

For photos of replica armor being worn.
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Awesome, thank you very much :D
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MoonyMina Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
this is really well done!!! interesting job on her :)
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Thank you very much! :)
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Ikechi1 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmm I wonder how this armour would look on a centaur of the same gender
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Pelycosaur24 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
There is only one way to find out :D
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