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ROMAN SILVER FIBULA OF A MURMILLO

ROMAN SILVER FIBULA OF A MURMILLO
In shape of a gladiator, a so-called murmillo, advancing with his left leg forward, protecting his body with a large rectangular shield and holding a short triangular sword in his right hand, wearing a large helmet with plume crest and ornate ‘grill’ face visor on his head, based on the broad-rimmed Boeotian helmet. Pin missing at the back. Mounted. Ex coll. Stobbe, Netherlands.
H. 5 cm.
1st cent. AD

The murmillo usually fought the thraex or hoplomachus, with whom he shared some of the equipment, notably arm guards and all-enclosing helmet, and the dangerous short sword

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