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The Corinthian Helmet: Glory and War

Updated: Jun 22, 2022

Have you ever seen a real battle helmet before? At the Hellenic Museum, you can see them in all shapes and sizes at the Heroes and Hoplites exhibition!

A Corinthian helmet ca. 6th Century BCE on display in the Heroes and Hoplites exhibition at the Hellenic Museum, on loan from the Peter and Mary Mitrakas Collection.

You might wonder why some of the helmets are green. This green layer is called a patina, which has formed on the metal surface of the helmet over time. The pictured Corinthian helmet dates back to the 6th century BCE – so it’s certainly stood the test of time.

The Hellenic Museum has a 3D model of a Corinthian helmet which also shows what the helmet would have looked like in ancient times, when its bronze surface was clean and shiny!

The Corinthian helmet is one of many styles of helmet in ancient Greece – and in fact, it is the helmet type most closely associated with ancient Greece! It has a nose guard for protection in battle and eye holes to see through, but these came with their own problems!

Can you imagine what it would feel like to wear this helmet?

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