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Greek helmets galore
There are no informations about using Gorgoneia as brandings.
The best explanation for their presence is till their traditional meaning: an apotropaion, a protection- and deterrence-symbol.
Jörg
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Why identify these 'busts' as gorgoneions? They look nothing like other known gorgon representations.
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Here are a couple of examples with different 'busts'.....again not looking much like gorgons.....
"dulce et decorum est pro patria mori " - Horace, ODES
(It is a sweet and proper thing to die for ones country)

"No son-of-a-bitch ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country" -GeorgeC Scott as General George S. Patton
Paullus Scipio/Paul McDonnell-Staff
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Looking much like gorgons, if you ask me ...
Jörg
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Doesnt Herodotus write about pointy conical helmets in a Persian context?

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Quote:Doesnt Herodotus write about pointy conical helmets in a Persian context?

The Persian helmets I have seen differ in profile from the Pilos. They are shaped like a Hershey's kiss, a bit like an onion dome, with a more complex double curve. This type of helm was common for a long time in the Near East.
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Persian helmet, 500-480 BC. with the inscription "The Athenians took [this helmet] from the Medes [and dedicated it] to Zeus".
[url:v3xqtdku]http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/7135750.jpg[/url]
Peter Raftos
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Ah yes i see!

TY!!

M.VIB.M.
Bushido wa watashi no shuukyou de gozaru.

Katte Kabuto no O wo shimeyo!

H.J.Vrielink.
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Quote:depicting warriors with upturned helmets and tell me: Wouldn't the pulled back helmet fall down backwards?
No. Not if it's the right size. Mine stays there fine.
TARBICvS/Jim Bowers
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I hadn't seen this half life size "painted" helmet from the Athenian Agora Excavations before.
See [url:y7pl04sd]http://www.agathe.gr/research?q=helmet&t=image&v=list&sort=&pid=&s=11[/url]
A little beauty. Does anyone have a date for it?
Peter Raftos
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Quote:Why identify these 'busts' as gorgoneions? They look nothing like other known gorgon representations.

I agree. To me it looks like an ordinary man, not some gorgon.
Scott B.
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Possibly some diety, but gorgon, no.
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