The bronze helmet of the murmillo – type gladiator. The object dates to the 2nd century CE. The artefact is located in the Neues Museum in Berlin.
Domitian’s favourite kind of a gladiator. He replaced the Samnite, who fell out of favour in 30 CE. Equipped with a shield, a sword, an elongated shield, a helmet with a wide flat roundabout, and a large metal crest on top – a mormylos – like fish head (called Cassis Crista).
Photo: Carole Raddato
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