Samnite Gladiator Helmet

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by British Museum
published on 03 November 2012

A 1st century CE bronze gladiator helmet of the Samnite class. Roman gladiator helmets were richly decorated and plumed with ostrich or peacock feathers. This relatively plain example has the embossed head of Hercules at the front. Provenance: Pompeii. (British Museum, London)

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