Ancient armour


Roman Bronze Minerva Helmet, Late 2nd - Early 3rd Century AD

With a repoussé bust of Minerva at the front of the crest, the goddess wearing a triple crested helmet over curly locks and a scaled aegis with a central gorgoneion, her shield on her left shoulder, the helmet with molded ear protection, perforated for attachment along the visor below the Minerva bust.

Minerva was the Roman goddess of wisdom and sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. She was born with weapons from the head of Jupiter. After impregnating the titaness Metis Jupiter recalled a prophecy that his own child would overthrow him. Fearing that their child would grow stronger than him and rule the Heavens in his place, Jupiter swallowed Metis whole. The titaness forged weapons and armor for her child while within the father-god, and the constant pounding and ringing gave him a headache. To relieve the pain, Vulcan used a hammer to split Jupiter’s head and, from the cleft, Minerva emerged, whole, adult, and bearing her mother’s weapons and armor. From the 2nd century BC onwards, the Romans equated her with the Greek goddess Athena.


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Helmet and two ankle guards. Greek, Apulo-Corinthian, early 4th century B.C.

The etched decorations on this helm depict various scenes of death and funerals - sphinxes guarding tombs; satyres reclining beside a cup. These pieces probably were part of a trove of burial offerings placed in the tomb of a warrior from southern Italy.

Courtesy & currently located at the J. Paul Getty Museum, California, USA. Photo taken by Taifighta.


Ancient Greek helmets from the Archaic period (800 BC – 480 BCE).

The first shown is of the Corinthian-type, and was found in Leivadia. The second is a Illyrian-type helmet from Leivadia. Also a Illyrian-type helmet, the third is from Agia Paraskevi near Kozani. All of these helmets are made of bronze. 

Courtesy & currently located at the Archaeological Museum of Aiani, Greece. Photos taken by Dan Diffendale.


Armour of a Roman Standard-Bearer from the 1st Century CE on display at the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon

Each century had its own individual standard (signum) which was borne by the Signifier, one of the three junori officers in the century. He wears a scale shirt (lorica squamata) as a mark of his rank as well as the bear-skin.