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629-40
GLADIATOR ARENA HELMET
List Price: $175.99
Our Price: $144.99
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Overall Dimensions: 16"x10"x9"
Circumference: 29"
Weight: 6 lbs

This stylized, heavy gauge steel helmet is a replica of the armor worn by the popularized gladiator warriors mostly depicted in Hollywood. This aggressive, wearable helmet is an authentic replica and perfect for the collector or the Gladiator warrior reenactor.

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GLADIATOR ARENA HELMETImage of 629-40 Gladiator Arena Helmet (629-40)
KEY FEATURES: * Heavy gauge steel * Replicates an original * Perfect for the collector or reenactor
MEASUREMENTS: DIMENSIONS: 16" x 10" x 9" CIRCUMFERENCE: 27.5" WEIGHT: 7 lbs

THE ROMAN GLADIATOR
A Gladiator (Latin: gladiator, "swordsman", from gladius, "sword") was an armed combatant who entertained audiences in the Roman Republic and Roman Empire in violent confrontations with other gladiators, wild animals, and condemned criminals. Some gladiators were volunteers who risked their legal and social standing and their lives by appearing in the arena. Most were despised as slaves, schooled under harsh conditions, socially marginalized, and segregated even in death. Irrespective of their origin, gladiators offered audiences an example of Rome's martial ethics and, in fighting or dying, they could inspire admiration and popular acclaim. They were celebrated throughout the Roman Empire in art as entertainers.

The origin of gladiatorial combat is open to debate. There is evidence of it in funeral rites during the Punic Wars of the 3rd century BCE , and thereafter it rapidly became an essential feature of politics and social life in the Roman world. Its popularity led to its use in ever more lavish and costly spectacles or "gladiatorial games". The games reached their peak between the 1st century BCE and the 2nd century CE, and they persisted not only throughout the social and economic crises of the declining Roman state but even after Christianity became the official religion in the 4th century CE. Christian emperors continued to sponsor such entertainments until at least the late 5th century CE, when the last known gladiator games took place.

 

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