Stephanos Skarmintzos holds Master’s Degree in Military History at the University of Wolverhampton and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in IT. He lives in Athens Greece and was worked as a business consultant in many Greek and international companies, He has been involved in ancient reenacting from 2006 and medieval reenacting from 2012. In this capacity as a historical advisor to reenacting clubs he has participated in historical documentaries productions such BBC “WHO WERE THE GREEKS”. He is offering lectures about historical subjects both in Greece and abroad and he is a frequent contributor to both Greek & International History magazines. His work has also been published in Academic journals such as in the journal of Department of Archaeology and Anthropology of PUŁTUSK University in 2013. He has also been listed in the top 5% of researchers of the “Academia. Edu” website. His main areas of interest are Ancient Greek shield devices, Bronze Age weapons and Byzantine Military art and Heraldry
He is studying and training in HEMA at the S.C. “Academy of Hoplomachia” in Athens and is a Historical Consultant for the Hellenic HEMA Federation. He also takes part in Experimental Archeology reconstructions as a member of the German living history association “Hetairoi” and researches European historical weapons under the guidance the of the instructors of the Hellenic HEMA Federation.
The striking similarities of Bronze Age & Medieval weaponry and Armor
Axes, warhammers and maces are usually associated with the Medieval times.
But weapon specimens exhibited in various Museums lead to the conclusion that similar weapons and methods of fighting were employed from the dawn of History as many Bronze Age Greek armors were pretty similar to 15thcentury medieval knights armors and offered good protection, even without the employment of a shield (i.e. Dendra Armor),
We know now that Bronze Age Greek noble warriors were heavily armored like medieval 14th/15th century knights and faced similar problems when they tried to negate their opponent’s armor. It’s not surprising that they solved the problem in similar ways, by employing weapons that had the necessary shape and mass so that they would deliver effective crushing blows like the mace or could perforate armor like the horseman’s pick. A very good example that History tends to repeat itself.