A peltarion, pelta or pelte (Ancient Greek: ) was a crescent-shaped wicker shield commonly used in the ancient world before the 3rd century BCE and gradually replaced in some cases with the thureos. Xenophon describes the shield as "round" but such round shields are rare in contemporary art. It could either be carried with a central hand-grip or a double grip similar to an aspis. It also usually had a carrying strap to allow it to be slung from the back. According to Aristotle it was rimless and covered with goat or sheep skin.