2012-11-17

Horned Helmets

Based on Roman centurion helmet.
Greek style helmet.
In Hearing Shofar: The Still Small Voice of the Ram's Horn, I discuss the "keren" on Moses when he returned from the summit of Sinai. While some translate keren as a radiant face, others interpret it as horns. I suggest that horns were a symbol of leadership and respect in the ancient world.

The crest on ancient Greek and Roman helmets serves as such a sign of authority and create an intimidating image. It occurs to me that the shape of the crest is similar to a ram's horn, albeit a flattened version.

Before the bronze age, plates of horn material were probably used as armor to deflect  or cushion blows. Is it also possible that the crest shape devolved from helmets made of horn?

Just speculating.

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