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An Illyrian Helmet in the British Museum

Marilyn Hockey, Alan Johnston, Susan La Niece, Andrew Middleton and Judith Swaddling
The Annual of the British School at Athens
Vol. 87 (1992), pp. 281-291
Published by: British School at Athens
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/30103512
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

Recent research on a helmet of Illyrian type, found in the River Alpheios and purchased by the British Museum in 1914, has yielded interesting historical, epigraphical, and technological information. The helmet was made between about 550 and 525 Bc, and it was probably dedicated to Olympian Zeus in the latter years of the century; it was embellished with various types of silver decoration, notably appliqués of horsemen on the cheek-pieces. The inscription, incised in unusual herring-bone fashion, indicates that the helmet was dedicated by the Koroneans, and the event commemorated by the dedication is here considered. /// Πρόσφατη έρευνα πάνω σ᾽ένα ϰράνοϛ ιλλυριϰου τυπου που βρέϑηϰε στον Αλφειό ποταμό ϰαι αγοράστηϰε απο το Βρεταννιϰό Μουσείο το 1914, απόδωσε ενδιαφέρουσεϛ πληροφορίεϛ ιστοριϰήϛ, επιγραφιϰήϛ ϰαι τεχνολογιϰήϛ φύσηϛ. Το χράνοϛ ϰατασϰευάστηπε ανάμεσα στο 550 π. ϰαι ϰιϑανόν να αφιερώϑηϰε στον Ολυμπιο Δία στα όψιμα χρόνια του ίδιου αιώνα. Για την διαϰόσμησή του χρησιμοιήϑηϰαν διάφορα αργυρά επιϑέματα· προεξέχον παράδειγμα οι παραστάσειϛ ιππήων στιϛ παραγναϑίδεϛ. Η επιγραφή, χαραγμένη στην ασυνήϑη μορφή του ψαροϰόϰϰαλου, αϰοτελεί ένδειξη ότι το ϰράνοϛ αφιερώϑηϰε αϰό τουϛ Κορωνείϛ. Το άρϑρο επιχειρεί να εντοπίσει το ιστοριϰό γεγονόϛ που έδωσε αφορμή για το αφιέρωμα.

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