The provocator is one of the oldest gladiator types
and was heavily armed with scutum (large rectangular
shield), pectorale (breast plate), ocrea (greave)
on the left leg, helmet, manica (arm protection) and
gladius (short sword). This armature strongly alludes
to the military origin of that type. It looks like the equipment
of the legionary. In the 1st century BC, this gladiotar type's
helmet did not have a visor and resembled a legionary helmet.
The following pictures show our provocatrix Medusa
in the equipment which she has got so far (though being far
from complete at this stage).
as provocatrix with scutum, gladius,
pectorale, helmet (which needs to be replaced by a
visored helmet), greave on left leg (not worn in this picture).
The design of Medusa's
scutum is based on traditional Roman symbols such
as the laurel wreath, Medusa head and lunula.
photo shows the pectorale in detail with its fine
decoration of a Medusa head based on the find of Roman phalera.