The subject of countless books, movies and other media, the Trojan War, despite the relative lack of evidence for its details, has entered popular culture as a pivotal event in the ancient world. Said by later historians to have taken place in the early 12th century BCE, it was widely believed to be a true event, with even the Romans claiming Trojan ancestry, but the reality is far murkier, and hard evidence for the war with Greece is hard to come by.
According to Homer’s Iliad, the Greeks, under the Mycenaean king, Agamemnon, attacked the city-state of Troy, ruled by King Priam, after the latter’s son, Paris, was gifted Helen of Sparta by the goddess Aphrodite. Helen was Agamemnon’s sister-in-law, the wife of Menelaus, and the quest to save her led to a ten-year siege of Troy, resulting in its fall through the use of the fabled wooden horse.
MDM debuted their ten-ounce shaped-helmet series in 2020, with a 2021-dated Spartan helmet design, finished, like this one, with an antique-bronze plating. They followed this a year later with a traditional runic Viking design (not the dumb, horned helmets that Hollywood thinks they wore), that you can see lower down. This year’s issue has tweaked the formula a little, moving from a completely head-on depiction of the helmet, to a three-quarter view. In our opinion, it’s big improvement, and suits the crested Trojan helmet much better as a result.