Corinthian helmet

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.
Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Foreign archaeology
Common Name
Corinthian helmet
Simple Name
Full Name
Corinthian helmet
whole W 160 mm; whole height 250 mm; whole depth 250 mm
Cultural Group
Period Classification
Archaic - 1100-500 BC
Production Year Low
Production Year High
Family Group

metal; copper alloy
Collector / Excavator
Montague, LAD, Lieutenant Colonel
Collection Site Name
Euripus, possibly from Battle of Marathon
Collection County
Collection Country
Collection Area Region
Southern Europe
Collection Continent

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