Friday, November 18, 2005

Blog Number 67 - Another image of armor worn by the '300' Spartans

Here is another fantastic illustration from John Warry's book entitled 'Warfare in the Classical World'. This warrior has a transverse crest on his helmet which was believed to signify that the hoplite was either a king or an officer of the Spartiates.

When I read first '300', what struck me was that only King Leonidas' helmet had a crest and the other Spartans didn't. It was confirmed by COBRA that the Spartans in the cast will not have a crest on theirs! I'm still waiting for those photos mate (! Cheers!!!


Sadieanne said...

I was just thinking about this very thing yesterday and here you've posted a picture of the helmet with a transverse crest. Thanks John!!

Dragon Slayer said...

Does that mean that Leonidas will not have a crest on his helmet? It shows him with one in '300'.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hello Sadieanne & Dragon Slayer~

I believe from what I have been privy to, that Gerry Butler will be the only Spartan to have a crest on his helmet, which parallels the comics. However, if the 300 Spartans would've had crests on their helmets, it would have been great to see King Leonidas with one of the transverse crests as pictured in this blog!



Miyuki said...

Hi John,
Am I selfish to wish Gerry to wear both types of helmet?I like even the back view of the crest which shows fierce,heroic figure.
Let us suppose the king wear another transverse crest in stead of 'a spotless cape'(Richard Egan version)for the purpose of showing war potential to the Persian captain.

John Trikeriotis said...

Hi Miyuki~

It would have been nice to see Gerry Butler with the transverse crest and the rest of the Spartans with the other type, however, it appears that only King Leonidas will wear a crested helmet.