- De helm van BEKON : legionair onder Caesar?
- Mededelingenblad Vereniging van Vrienden van het Allard Pierson Museum
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The inscription in Iberian script and the name indicate that legionary Bekon was from one of the Spanish provinces. We know that Julius Caesar as governor of Hispania Ulterior (Southern Spain) put together a legion in this Spanish province (the tenth) in 61 BC. That was one of the legions that he used to conquer Gaul and Britain. Caesar disbanded the tenth legion in 45 BC. The veterans were give lands and farms in the South of France and Spain. On account of the model of the helmet and the Iberian inscription the helmet must date form the middle of the first century BC. That means that it could have been worn by one of Caesar's legionaries.
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