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Finding the Perfect Greek Helmet for Your Collection

Aug 21, 2008
If you are looking to add a Greek Helmet to your collection, or are looking at a Trojan helmet to buy to help cheer your team name on, then you'll be in for a real treat when researching what helmet to buy. Many schools have the Trojan as their maskot, so that right there takes a large amount of the searches done for Greek helmets. Others are historical enthusiasts looking to bolster their collection.

What do you think of when someone says "Greek Helmet"? The first thing that pops into your head is a picture of a Spartan soldier, complete with a red cape, round, bronze shield, long spear, and a bronze or brass helmet with the ever-so popular plume. Fortunately, stores have recognized this fact and this type of helmet is widely carried online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Commonly names as the Italic Corinthian helmet or just plainly a Spartan helmet, this replica will be a great addition to your collection. What you'll most likely see are three types of helmets: a brass helmet with tan or red plume, a black helmet with a tan plume, or a silver (plain metal) helmet with a tan plume.

Another popular Greek helmet that you will see in many stores is the Brass Italic Corinthian helmet. This classically designed helmet is truly a spectacular replica. Being made of brass, it will not rust like common carbon steel helmets. It also gives a brilliant shine in the sun. The Corinthians lived in the southern part of modern day Greece, and they had several city-states. In the Roman times, they were truly a fearsome enemy to overcome.

Another popular Greek helmet is the Hoplite helmet. The Hoplite was a common soldier for the Greek armor and they carried the recognizable white round shield and a long spear. They were excellent for repelling cavalry and charges by soldiers. However, being not very maneuverable, they were vulnerable to attacks in the rear. The hoplite helmet usually has a tan or whitish color plume. Often times it was made into a braided pony tail at the end of the plume.

The main thing to remember when looking at Greek helmets is that many of them look very similar. This is most likely a good thing when you are doing your historical research or are looking for a helmet to purchase. Even if you accidently buy a helmet that is not quite historically accurate, your helmet will look similar enough to the others that the general populace will not know the difference.

There are also some great specialty shops in Thessaloniki, Greece, where you can see different types of Greek Helmets as well. You'll see many shoe shops and women's clothing stores. While some of the prices may be a little high (especially with the Euro to dollar exchange rate), you'll still find some good deals. They'll also be tourist shops with everything to Greek armor and Greek helmets to statues of famous persons in Greece history.
About the Author
John Hilde is a historical armor and weapons enthusiast who enjoys collecting these items. He owns an online store called Armor Venue that sells armor and weapons replicas. To learn more about ancient greek helmets, go to http://www.armorvenue.com.
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