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Full Metal Cuirass, And Other War Gear From The Eagle

Posted January 31, 2011 to photo album "Full Metal Cuirass, And Other War Gear From The Eagle"

In creating the world of The Eagle, the costume and production designers paid attention to every little detail, from masks to make up.

Full Metal Cuirass
The Meaning Of Armor
Suiting Up Roman Horses
Roman Helmets
Shields And Swords
The Masks Of Gladiators
Traveling Clothes
Running With Teeth And Bone
The World Of the Seal People
Seal People Rites and Rankings
Seal People Masks
Horned-Eagle Man
The Meaning Of Armor

The Meaning Of Armor

In addition to serving a strategic and tactical purpose, armor served a symbolic function, identifying rank and displaying the symbols and standards of one’s legion. Often the material itself denoted position and privilege. According to costume designer Michael O'Connor, “Marcus’ cuirass is metal and lutorius’ is leather suggesting a lower rank.” In designing the cuirass, the production team stayed closed to historical record, so, as O’Connor points out, “the Animal symbol on the cuirasses is a mark of the legion. The IX legion was a bull, the VI legion was a goat.”