Sean Manning grew up on the west coast of Canada but lives in Innsbruck, Austria where he completed his PhD in 2018. His research focuses on the Achaemenid empire, ancient warfare, and texts as sources for material culture. He is currently preparing a monograph on the past and future of Achaemenid army studies for publication.
Many people believe that the ancient Greeks used, among other things, armour that was made of layers of linen cloth glued together. But there is no ancient text linking linen armour and glue. No other culture made armour this way. So where does this idea come from?
People studying the first half of antiquity, with free cities and omens and cuneiform, don’t always pay attention to the very end, with kingdoms and Christians and clumsy Latin. But the people studying the end of antiquity have some exciting stories to tell, and they face some of the same problems as people studying Early Greece.