This helmet was discovered in 1870 on the shore of the Euripus Strait in Greece. It would have belonged to a ‘hoplite’, an armoured soldier who fought on foot with a long spear. It is a beautiful example of a Corinthian style helmet, with nose protector and eye openings; its punched decoration can be seen around the rim. Because of its place of discovery, it is possible that this helmet, which dates from the early part of the 5th century BC, could have come from the great battle of Marathon, which was fought in 490BC. Hoplites were required to supply their own armour, which was very costly, therefore this would not have been relinquished easily.
The artefact belonged to Lieutenant Colonel Montague who collected over 800 classical archaeological objects, which he bequeathed to the museum on his death.
This object is on display at RAMM in the Ancient Worlds gallery.