euboea island


Extremely Rare Roman Gold Chalcis Inscribed Ring, 3rd Century AD

Inscribed with intaglio text: ‘ΧΑΛΚΙΔΙ’ “(from the town) of Chalcis”

Chalcis or Chalkida is the main town of the island of Euboea, Greece. The town is mentioned in the Iliad (2.537) and was used by Antiochus III of Syria (192 BC) and Mithradates VI of Pontus (88 BC) as a base for their invasions of Greece. It was a commercial center under Roman rule.

Armor, ca. 1400 and later
Steel, brass, textile
H. 66 ½ in. (168.9 cm)

This armor was restored and assembled into its present form in about 1920. It is composed mostly of pieces from a unique hoard of armor discovered in 1840 in the ruins of a Venetian fortress at Chalcis (Khalkis) on the Greek island of Euboea (Evvoia).

The velvet covering on this brigandine was added during restoration of the armor. The helmet, a type known as a visored bascinet, was not part of the Chalcis find, but dates from about the same period.