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>>490BC Class.Greek hoplites
Subject: ὁπλίτης heavy infantry hoplite 
Culture: Classical Greek
Setting: late Archaic, Persian wars, Aegean 7th-5thc BC
Object: helmet > Chalcidian

* Royal Ontario Museum > Gallery of the Bronze Age Aegean
Lower part with cheek-guards made separately from cap and welded on.  Note the thin metal; internal padding would have been essential.  Reportedly found at the battlefield of Thermopylai, 480 BC.  
Bronze, corroded (nose-guard lost).  South Italian Greek type, not often found in Greece.  520-480 BC."
Metropolitan Museum of Art *
"Bronze helmet of the Chalcidian type
Greek, 2nd half of the 6th century B.C. ...
This type of helmet is called Chalcidian because early representations of it appear on so-called Chalcidian vases."

​* Yorkshire Museum > Rydale Hoard
"HEADING FOR BATTLE  Greek helmets underwent many changes over the centuries as some designs caused deafness and even blindness.  The hinged and shaped cheek-plates of this Chalcidian style helmet protected the wearer comfortably whilst allowing him to hear commands."