A bronze, fully intact, undamaged Gladiator helmet featuring the hero Hercules on the front and the Nemian Lion, who he defeated, on the base of the comb. Rare. In the collection "Warriors of the Ancient World" at the Higgins Armory Museum.
A Hoplomachus (pl. hoplomachi) (Greek: ὁπλομάχος) (hoplon meaning "shield" in Greek) was a type of gladiator in ancient Rome, armed to resemble a Greek hoplite (soldier with heavy armor and helmet, a round shield, a spear and a sword). The hoplomachus would wear a bronze helmet, a manica on his right arm, loincloth (subligaculum), heavy padding on his legs, and a pair of high greaves reaching to mid-thigh. His weapons were the spear and a short sword.