This exceptional Roman helmet dates from the mid to late 1st century
BC. Adorned with rare cast decoration, it is the finest example of the
‘Mannheim’ type currently on the private market.
Exhibiting a beautiful deep green patina, this stunning Roman
legionary’s helmet is constructed of hammered sheet, the dome with a
small flanged brim front and back, and each side with two perforations
for the attachment of leather cheek-guards, now long since perished. A
separately cast figure of a Siren with outstretched wings, tender
smiling features and parted hair is riveted to the front.
The Mannheim style of helmet is generally associated with the Roman army
operating in the western areas of the Empire during the late Republican
era through to the Flavian period. The style arose in the mid-1st
century BC at the time of the Gallic Wars, and was clearly influenced by
the helmets worn by Celtic warriors. The style persisted up to around
100 AD, and appears to have been prevalent among troops stationed along
the Rhine frontier. Though the Mannheim seems to have been popular
during this period, examples in this stunning condition are extremely
rare. Even more exceptional is the Siren riveted to the front, an extra
addition which was likely paid for out of the pocket of the legionary
who owned it.
I don’t believe Cullen’s proposing to Evie in Trespasser was as spur of the moment as we were led to believe. Where did that wedding dress come from on such short notice? Cullen had that dress neatly tucked away in his luggage. No one can convince me otherwise.
Now please excuse me while I go lay down somewhere to think about him carefully folding the dress, placing it in his bag then removing it a moment later. Then putting it back in and taking it out once more. Over and over again. All the while arguing with himself about whether or not it’s a good idea. Praying to the Maker he isn’t about to make a fool of himself. Hoping that maybe just once in his life something will go right. Dreaming of the day he can take his new wife home to Ferelden. When they can leave battles and politics behind to live a simple life and raise their children.
;___; I just want him to be happy, okay? He deserves all the joy after everything he’s been through.
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“I don’t mind,” she returned the smile, stealing another piece of bread that sat for tasting. The shifter turned to the rest of the open market, drawing in a deep breath so she could take in all the smells.