Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Historical Helmets...and some I designed myself

I intend to make a series of T-Shirt designs based on these gladiator helmets. It has been both fun and interesting to find out the different types of gladiators and gladiatrixs (female gladiators) and the specific weaponry and armour they would wear. There were a lot of them.

My best friend commented that she thought my helmets needed some feathers (she's fancy that way), so this one is for her.

Im inspired by Hera, who is a pretty tough cookie (so is my friend), and apparently created the peacock from Argus. The feathers symbolise the all seeing eye and represent the pure soul that cannot be corrupted. They also stand for immortality and resurrection, which as a gladiator you might kinda like!

Gladiator helmet side view...

The Gladius, specifically the Pompeii gladius was the popular short sword for the Roman foot soldier. Gladius is Latin for sword. The Dimachaeri gladiator used two swords one in each hand.

I've always been fascinated by ancient history ever since discovering an ancient encyclopedia with pictures of Pompeii. I studied ancient mythology and Roman history at school. Not so keen on the battles and dates but the stories of people engaged me totally. Still love to read mythology.

Gladiator/Gladiatrix series. Really enjoying these fantastic helmets. This one was copper and had that lovely verdigris happening. I've added the battle scars though.

So apparently a female gladiator is called a Gladiatrix, there are not many on record but they are spoken of in history books and archaeological evidence has also been found. Apparently one of the Roman emperors outlawed it.

Thinking about gladiators...researching, who knew there were so many types??? Why gladiators? Sparked from looking at my scars...

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