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Jumping on the Athens bandwagon

23 May 2007 by Karen

grey metal helmet with eye holes and nose & cheek cover

Helmet worn by a hoplite soldier

Well, we might as well be honest about it! Apparently there’s a football match of some sort tonight – I wouldn’t know, I only have eyes for Everton – and curator Ashley Cooke thought it appropriate to wheel out something vaguely Athens-related for the occassion, so here goes. Actually, we do have a pretty substantial Greek collection so this post isn’t entirely without its merits.

This helmet is bronze and dates from around 460BC. It was beaten from a single piece of metal into a pretty distinctive style, and would have been worn into battle by a heavily-armed solider, known as a hoplite soldier. This hoplite soldier was from Corinth, a city state nestled between Athens and Sparta. During the fifth century BC the city states of Sparta and Athens were at war with each other and Corinth fought with Sparta against Athens, so there’s a good chance this helmet was worn in a battle against Athenians. 

 

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