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Thraex Helmet

The helmet of the Thraex was decorated with a tall solid crest terminating in the head of a griffin, the companion of Nemesis, goddess of vengeance and retribution. It was decorated with feathers worn in sockets on the sides, and a removable plume (crista) also could be affixed to the crest. The palm tree likely refers to the palm branch awarded the victor. A shield and crossed lances decorate each cheek piece.

Reference: "Familia Gladiatoria: The Heroes of the Amphitheater" by Marcus Junkelman, in Gladiators and Caesars (2000) edited by Eckart Köhne and Cornelia Ewigleben.

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