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Corinthian Helm
Time Period: 7th-4th cenctury BC
Location: Greece
Common Construction: Bronze

The corinthian helm is the characterstic Greek helmet portrayed in literature, art, and media. It fully encloses the head and also protects the neck.

These helmets were made of bronze, uniformly 2mm thick and of exceptional quality. The first corinthian helms covered the ears and made it nearly impossible for soldiers to hear orders on the battlefield. The helmet evolved over time and the sides behind the cheek were raised to allow the soldier to hear and allow the helmet to flip up and rest upon the wearer's head.

The passionless face of the corinthian helm is a cultural symbol of glory and heroism. The Greeks perfected a combat formation known as the phalanx where each soldier was an identical warrior module and they all worked together as a cohesive fighting unit. The uniformity in the construction of the helmet and its appearance lent weight to the idea that the warrior's individuality comes second to the success of the formation as a whole.

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