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ARMOUR (VERB):

1. Provide someone with emotional, social, or other defences.

This is the definition found in the Oxford dictionary, armour thus became our chosen form of protection.

Armour has been a crucial part of our history since man has attempted to create new forms of destruction as a form of defense or to conquer his neighbours. The Egyptians, Babylonians and Hittites all had well developed armies and used armour made of scale and textile construction - padded, or plates stitched onto cloth and wore helmets, as early as 2000 BC. However, it was only until the Greek Civilisation that technology was advanced enough to create large pieces of metal to protect and fit the body. By 1500 BC (the last few centuries of The Bronze Age) the Mycenaeans in the Mediterranean began creating armour with heavy cylinders of bronze, yet the metal breastplate or "cuirass" proved to be both  "unusual and unwieldy".

 

 

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