By John Hilde
There are a few different "main designs" of Greek Helmets that the Greek wore (or their close related factions) that are worth mentioning or that most people are looking to add to their collection. These include the Trojan helmet, Corinthian helmet, Spartan helmet, and Hoplite helmet. Most of these can be found in online stores, but you may want to do some research as to which are historically accurate before buying.
What do you think of when someone says "Greek Helmet"? The first thing that pops into your head is a picture of a Spartan soldier, complete with a red cape, round, bronze shield, long spear, and a bronze or brass helmet with the ever-so popular plume. Fortunately, stores have recognized this fact and this type of helmet is widely carried online and in brick-and-mortar stores. Commonly names as the Italic Corinthian helmet or just plainly a Spartan helmet, this replica will be a great addition to your collection. What you'll most likely see are three types of helmets: a brass helmet with tan or red plume, a black helmet with a tan plume, or a silver (plain metal) helmet with a tan plume.
Most Greek helmets will look like the Italic Corinthian design, which is characterized by a tall plume that may be made into a pony tail at the end. It also has the long cheek guards with a slot in the middle for maximum air flow. It also will be a tan plume, red, or black. Depending on the color of the rest of your outfit (black, brass, or bronze armor), any of these plume colors will do. The most popular out their for the Italic Corinthian is going to be the tan and red plumes.
Another popular Greek helmet is the Hoplite helmet. The Hoplite was a common soldier for the Greek armor and they carried the recognizable white round shield and a long spear. They were excellent for repelling cavalry and charges by soldiers. However, being not very maneuverable, they were vulnerable to attacks in the rear. The hoplite helmet usually has a tan or whitish color plume. Often times it was made into a braided pony tail at the end of the plume.
The main thing to remember when looking at Greek helmets is that many of them look very similar. This is most likely a good thing when you are doing your historical research or are looking for a helmet to purchase. Even if you accidently buy a helmet that is not quite historically accurate, your helmet will look similar enough to the others that the general populace will not know the difference.
Whether you are looking at the Hoplite helmet, Spartan Helmet, or Trojan helmet, or any variety of those three, you are sure to find some great deals and fantastic replicas out there on the market. Most of today's replica Greek helmets are manufactured in India, where in the last ten years there has been many new companies starting up in the niche market. Many US retailers will carry these classic Greek helmets so you can add them to your collection.