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A '''panoply''' is a complete suit of [[armour]]. The word represents the [[Ancient Greek Language|ancient Greek]] πανοπλία. The word πᾶν means "''all''", and ὅπλον, "''arms''". Thus ''"panoply"'' refers to the full armour of a [[hoplite]] or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the [[shield]], [[breastplate]], [[helmet]] and [[greave]]s, together with the [[sword]] and [[lance]].
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A '''panoply''' is a complete suit of [[armour]]. The word represents the ancient Greek πανοπλία. The word πᾶν means "''all''", and ὅπλον, "''arms''". Thus ''"panoply"'' refers to the full armour of a [[hoplite]] or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the [[shield]], [[breastplate]], [[helmet]] and [[greave]]s, together with the [[sword]] and [[lance]].
   
 
As applied to armour of a later date, panoply did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of [[plate armour]] covering the whole body.
 
As applied to armour of a later date, panoply did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of [[plate armour]] covering the whole body.
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Latest revision as of 15:41, 25 October 2014

A panoply is a complete suit of armour. The word represents the ancient Greek πανοπλία. The word πᾶν means "all", and ὅπλον, "arms". Thus "panoply" refers to the full armour of a hoplite or heavy-armed soldier, i.e. the shield, breastplate, helmet and greaves, together with the sword and lance.

As applied to armour of a later date, panoply did not come into use till the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century, and was then used of the complete suits of plate armour covering the whole body.

Because a panoply is a complete set of diverse components, the word panoply has come to refer to any complete or impressive collection, especially one of weaponry or where it is displayed, thus an arsenal or armory. As heavy armour is rarely worn in the present age, this latter meaning is the more common in modern usage.

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Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911) Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.) Cambridge University Press 

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