Ankle guards were one of four types of body armor available to ancient Greek warriors. The other coverings included a helmet, a corslet and greaves. This type of ankle guard was prominent in Magna Graecia-- Apulia in particular -- and differed from its mainland Greek counterpart in its elongated form, which protected a larger portion of the back of the leg. As von Bothmer explains, it is unclear whether these guards were worn in conjunction with greaves or on their own (see p. 68 in D. von Bothmer, Armorial Adjuncts, and no. 7, p. 69 for a similar example).