The gladiatorial games were originally established by the Etruscans, but were later adopted by the Romans as a means of entertainment. Gladiators were typically picked from prisoners of war, slaves, and sentenced criminals. The life expectancy of an average Gladiator was less than a year. If a Gladiator could survive for three years, they had a chance of winning their freedom. Most battles were one man versus another, but on occasion they could be men versus animals, group battles and a variety of other combinations. Our Gladiator helmet is hand forged from 18 gauge steel and features a brass face cage. This helmet is fully functional and as durable and the ones worn in the arenas ages ago.