The Discovery Of 2,000-Year-Old Gladiator’s Helmet In Pompeii’s Ruins
In Pompeii’s Ruins, a 2000 Years Old Gladiator’s Helmet has been found. It is an Helmet that has survived to the eruption of the Vesuvius. Now it was brought at the Melbourne Museum for an exhibition, in order to show how people lived 2000 years ago.
During the Roman Age, this kind of helmet was the symbol of a specific type of Gladiator, called “murmillo”.
The word “murmillo” comes from a Greek word that indicates a particular saltwater fish, indeed the helmet is fish shaped. Instead, the name “gladiator” comes from the Latin word “gladius”, that means sword.
The “murmillo” protected his head with an helmet, his arms with a linen arm protector and his legs with greaves. But the most hilarious thing is that he could also wear a loincloth.
Fights between “murmillones” and other types of gladiators were very common. Sometimes, gladiatorial fights were considered as examples of benevolence, especially when freedom was granted. This kind of fights can be admired in many frescoes in Pompeii.
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