Sunday, January 17, 2010

Gladiator helmetshaped oillamps

In the Römisch Germanisches Museum in Köln or C(olonia) C(laudia) A(ra) A(grippinensium), I found these two very fine clay oillamps, both in the shape of a gladiator helmet.
The left one has the shape of a helmet of a so-called thraex, or Thracian. Originally, gladiators were named after civilizations which ones fought the Romans. This gladiator was armed in Thracian style with a small rectangular shield and a very short sword with a sligthly curved blade called a sica.
The right oillamp is in the shape of the helmet of a hoplomachus, armed to resemble a Greek hoplite. A soldier with heavy armor and helmet, round shield, spear and a small sword.

Among many other beautiful objects, those really caught my attention, because CCAA had both a theater and an amphitheater, of which no remains have been found yet.

1 comment:

  1. Aha, gegrepen door het Oudheidvirus. Monique de Knegt attendeerde mij op uw blog. Leuk.
    Mag ik u op mijn beurt attenderen op www.tijdvensters.nl? Zo'n 25 mensen zijn bezig om een TV-productie over Romeins Nederland voor de publieke omroep te bedenken en gefinancierd te krijgen. Misschien dat wel elkaar in dat kader nog eens tegenkomen.

    Met vriendelijke groeten,

    Dirk-Jan de Vink
    djdevink@gmail.com

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