Definition: Ocrea is a metal legging with a cloth or leather lining. A Greek, Etruscan, and Roman soldier had an ocrea as part of his equipment, along with a helmet, belt, cuirass, and shield. In time, the Roman infantry came to wear the ocrea on the right, which was unprotected by the shield. The ocrea might be fastened with straps or it might stay in place on its own. There were ankle rings to fasten the bottom of the ocrea to the foot.