Gladiatorial helmet with cheek-pieces - ROM2005_6152_1

ROM2005_6152_1

Gladiatorial helmet with cheek-pieces

Medium:Cast and wrought bronze
Geography: Said to have been found in the Colosseum, Rome, Italy
Date: c. 300-500 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
31 x 39.8 x 46.7 cm, 2 kg 829 g
Object number: 909.65.A
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: games and entertainment
Description

Roman Gladiators

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The first gladiators were slaves and prisoners of war. By the Imperial era, their ranks included very determined professional fighters and condemned criminals. They were armed with a variety of equipment. Two of the most recognizable gladiator types were the <em>retiarius</em> or net man, armed with a net and trident spear, and the <em>secutor</em>, a swordsman equipped with a straight stabbing sword, helmet, arm guard, and curved shield.

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Collection:
Roman World
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