Collection: Gladiator Helmets

There were many different types of gladiators in ancient Rome. Some of the first gladiators had been prisoners-of-war, and so some of the earliest types of gladiators were experienced fighters; Gauls, Samnites, and Thraeces (Thracians) used their native weapons and armor. Different gladiator types specialized in specific weapons and fighting techniques. Combatants were usually pitted against opponents with different, but more or less equivalent equipment, for the sake of a fair and balanced contest. Most gladiators only fought others from within the same school or Ludus, but sometimes specific gladiators could be requested to fight one from another Ludus.

Thraex & Hoplomachus
The Thraex (plural Thraeces, "Thracians") wore the same protective armour as the hoplomachi with a broad rimmed helmet that enclosed the entire head, distinguished by a stylized griffin on the protome or front of the crest (the griffin was the companion of the avenging goddess Nemesis).

Secutor
The secutor ("pursuer") developed to fight the retiarius. As a variant of the murmillo, he wore the same armour and weapons, including the tall rectangular shield and the gladius. The helmet of the secutor, however, covered the entire face with the exception of two small eye-holes in order to protect his face from the thin prongs of the trident of his opponent. The helmet was also round and smooth so that the retiarius net could not get a grip on it.

Samnite
The Samnite was an early type of heavily armed fighter that disappeared in the early imperial period. The Samnites were a powerful league of Italic tribes in Campania with whom the Romans fought three major wars between 326 and 291 BC. A "Samnite" gladiator was armed with a long rectangular shield (scutum), a plumed helmet, a short sword, and probably a greave on his left leg. It was frequently said that Samnites were the lucky ones since they got large shields and good swords.

Provocator
In the late Republican and early Imperial era, the armament of a provocator ("challenger") mirrored legionary armature. In the later Imperial period, their armament ceased to reflect its military origins, and changes in armament followed changes in arena fashion only. Provocatores have been shown wearing a loincloth, a belt, a long greave on the left leg, a manica on the lower right arm, and a visored helmet without brim or crest, but with a feather on each side. They were the only gladiators protected by a breastplate (cardiophylax) which is usually rectangular, later often crescent-shaped. They fought with a tall, rectangular shield and the gladius. They were paired only against other provocatores.

Murmillo
The murmillo (plural murmillones) or myrmillo wore a helmet with a stylised fish on the crest (the mormylos or sea fish), as well as an arm guard (manica), a loincloth and belt, a gaiter on his right leg, thick wrappings covering the tops of his feet, and a very short greave with an indentation for the padding at the top of the feet. They are heavily armoured gladiators: the murmillo carried a gladius (64–81 cm long) and a tall, oblong shield in the legionary style. Murmillones were typically paired with Thracian, but occasionally with the similar hoplomachus.

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  • High level replica - Murmillo helmet (bronze)
    High level replica - Murmillo helmet (bronze)
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  • Authentic replica - Murmillo helmet (tinned steel)
    Authentic replica - Murmillo helmet (tinned steel)
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  • Authentic replica - Provocator helmet (tinned steel)
    Authentic replica - Provocator helmet (tinned steel)
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    €249,90
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    €249,90
  • High level replica - Provocator helmet (bronze)
    High level replica - Provocator helmet (bronze)
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    €799,90
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    €799,90
  • High level replica - Secutor helmet (bronze)
    High level replica - Secutor helmet (bronze)
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    €799,90
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    €799,90
  • Authentic replica - Secutor helmet (tinned steel)
    Authentic replica - Secutor helmet (tinned steel)
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    €249,90
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    €249,90
  • Authentic replica - Hoplomachus helmet (tinned steel)
    Authentic replica - Hoplomachus helmet (tinned steel)
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    €249,90
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    €249,90
  • High level replica - Hoplomachus helmet (bronze)
    High level replica - Hoplomachus helmet (bronze)
    Regular price
    €699,90
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    €699,90