Surviving bronzes from Greece’s classical period (fourth century BC) are rare, with our knowledge based on Roman marble copies. Functional items such as fourth-century BC cavalry armour—helmet, cuirass and greaves, all highly decorated ... are extraordinary survivals. As combat in ancient Greece was mainly hand to hand, armor was usually light and allowed for free movement of the arms.
In 2017 an ancient Greek Corinthian helmet was found in a 5th century BC grave in the Taman Peninsula. Corinthian helmets appeared in Greece around the 6th century BC.