Alexander the Great's Linen Armor

Researchers have found that Alexander the Great probably wore armor made of laminated linen fabric, rather than metal, and that the multiple glued layers functioned similarly to modern flak jackets.

Alexander the Great lived over 2,000 years ago, but modern makers of Kevlar™ flak jackets may be using a technique that helped Alexander to avoid arrow wounds in his battles. Gregory Aldrete, professor of history and humanistic studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, says there are 27 known ancient writings, by 18 different authors, describing the use of linothorax armor. The Greek historian Plutarch is very specific in stating that Alexander wore linen armor at the Battle of Gaugamela. Professor Aldrete and his team have recreated samples of the laminated linen using only period materials and methods, and they have proved that the armor is viable against the weapons of its period.

Rossella Lorenzi of Discovery News has the story online, and Lady Ursula the Widow sent us the link.