South Italian Bronze Helmet, Triple-Disc Cuirass, Greaves - Gaudo Tomb 164

South Italian Bronze Helmet, Triple-Disc Cuirass - Gaudo Tomb 164, early 4th century BC (2).jpg
South Italian Bronze Helmet, Triple-Disc Cuirass - Gaudo Tomb 164, early 4th century BC.jpg

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South Italian Bronze Helmet, Triple-Disc Cuirass, Greaves - Gaudo Tomb 164

Subject

Location: National Archaeological Museum of Paestum
Date: Early Fourth Century BC
Details: As the south Italian (Lucanian) population of Paestum grew, there is a noticeable shift in the use and typology of grave goods. Whereas earlier graves had included one or two vases and a few other items--largely typical of western Greek burial practice--many graves in the fourth and third century are more richly stocked and clearly point to Italic influences. Wealthier female graves often contain amber jewelry of Italic origin as well as sets of iron fibulae (brooches). Male tombs, on the other hand, often feature the inclusion of weapons and armor.

The bronze armor featured here is typical of southern Italy in the fourth century, most notably in the so-called "triple-disc" cuirass and helmet with feather-plumes. They suggest that the tomb's occupant (or his family) was of at least some status, and point to the martial identity expected of young men throughout fourth century Italy.

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Gabriel Baker

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Gabriel Baker, “South Italian Bronze Helmet, Triple-Disc Cuirass, Greaves - Gaudo Tomb 164,” Archaeology, Artifacts, & Landscapes, accessed July 12, 2020, http://gabrieldavidbaker.com/digital-exhibit/items/show/35.

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