“My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the armies of the North, general of the Felix Legions, and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius….”

If you are a fan of gladiators, the Colloseum, or great movies, you probably know the above quote from the movie Gladiator by heart. Speaking of gladiators, check out this 2,000 year-old gladiator helmet that survived the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius:

Curators unveil a 2,000-year-old gladiator helmet from Pompeii as a preview for an exhibition at the Melbourne Museum

This style of helmet, characterized by the high crest on the top, would have been worn by a ‘murmillo‘. He would also sport a loincloth, shinguards, an arm protector for his right arm, and the shield of the Roman legionary. Armed with the ‘gladius’ as well (the short sword of the Roman legionary), he was a formidable opponent.

The murmillo was known to fight another recognizable gladiator: the net fighter. The lightly armed and fast net fighter versus the heavily armed but slow murmillo. And the winner is?


Off to watch Gladiator now!