Roman hats/arming caps

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Roman hats/arming caps

Postby Eadseig » Tue Aug 21, 2007 9:25 pm

Does anyone have any links to Roman hats/headgear (not helmets)?
Did the Romans (1st century AD) wear any kind of arming cap under their helmets?
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Postby Wolf(conroifitzosbern) » Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:53 am

i believe the liners were glued inplace

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Postby m300572 » Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:53 am

The anser is that no one really knows about Roman helmet liners from this period - there is a suggestion for later Roman military that the pillbox hats shown in some depictions acted as arming caps, so its down to you to come up with an interpretation - I have a leather 'spider' glued inside my coolus, padding would probably be just as appropriate. Might be worth trying to contact Mike Bishop (archaeologist who specialises in Roman Military, edits the Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies) and see if he knows of anything.

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Postby steve stanley » Wed Aug 22, 2007 7:21 pm

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Postby Caballo » Sun Sep 02, 2007 4:11 pm


Yes, the Romans did- both literary and archaeological evidence.
Here are a couple of links ... arming+cap

And here ... arming+cap

And here is a link to an "arming cap" found at Dura - third century, though.



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Postby Eadseig » Wed Sep 05, 2007 10:43 pm

Thanks for the replies, everyone.


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Re: Roman hats/arming caps

Postby Graham Sumner » Wed Jan 27, 2010 4:29 am


Anyone still interested in this thread might like to read my latest book, 'Roman Military Dress', published by the History Press. I tried to find as much evidence as I could on this topic and included some rather spectacular hats found in Egypt.


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