2,500 Year Old Corinthian Helmet Discovered in Romanian House

A very rare and unusual item has been discovered by Romanian police. Officers have discovered a bronze Corinthian helmet in Last county while doing a house search of suspected stolen goods from archeological sites. The priceless Greek helmet is believed to belong to the National Cultural Heritage and is over 2,500 years old. The two house searches happened in Neamt county, and Iasi county, in the North East area of Romania.

After the police searched the the home of a 51-year-old man in Iasi county, Romanian police said the Corinthian bronze helmet appears to date back to the 5th or 6th century BC.

In ancient Greece, the Corinthian helmet emerged and took its name from the city-state of Korinthos (Corinth). It was a helmet made of bronze that protected the entire head and neck in its later styles, with eye and mouth slits.

A Greek soldier would wear the helmet tipped upward for comfort. In Italy, where the slits were almost closed, this gave rise to a number of different styles, as the helmet was no longer pulled over the face but worn like a hat. The classic Corinthian helmet stopped being used in favour of more open styles among Greeks, the Italo-Corinthian types remained unchanged.