Imperial Italic A
IMG 2420
An Imperial Italic A helmet (modern reconstruction)[1]
Type: Infantry/Cavalry Helmet
Designation: Henry Russell Robinson: "Imperial Italic Type A"
Place of origin: Roman Empire
Produced: Tiberian period - around mid 1st century AD[2]
Manufacturer(s): Romans
Material(s): bronze
Evolved from: Attic Helmet
Evolved into: Imperial Italic Helmet (Type B)
Used by: Probably Vigiles, Probably Imperial Roman army
Wars:  ???
The Imperial Italic Helmet (Type A) is a bronze helmet of Roman origin.[3][4][5][6][7]


The Imperial Italic Helmet A is the first helmet in the Imperial Italic line of helmets. It originated in Roman Italy, which was part of the Roman Empire. The helmet was made of bronze.

It has large cheekpieces with several small holes that may have been used to attach a lining of some kind, and an embossed decoration on the brow of the helmet bowl which seems to suggest the frontal portion of an Attic helmet. The neck guard is short and it is rivetted to the helmet's bowl. The Imperial Italic A was developed from the Attic type helmet. Two examples of this helmet were found at the excavations of Herculaneum.

The helmet was produced by Roman craftsmen and according to Henry Russell Robinson it was used by the vigiles.[8] The Imperial Italic A helmet was classified as such by Henry Russell Robinson in his book "The Armour of Imperial Rome".




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