A hoplite breastplate on display.
Wealthy hoplites could afford a bronze breastplate. This was normally custom made to fit the wearer. It was comprised of two pieces of forged bronze that clasped together in the front and back to provide protection to the vital organs in the chest and abdomen in case an enemy spear or sword made it past the hoplon shield. These were most commonly fashioned to look like muscles in order to make the warrior look more intimidating. Later hoplite soldiers would use breastplates made of linen.