A helmet of very simple form,
fitting close like a skull-cap, made of leather or the skins of wild animals (Sil.
Ital. viii. 493). It is probably to be identified with the Homeric καταῖτυξ
or helmet of Diomedes (
Il. x. 258
), described as ἄφαλον
“without knobs or projections,” and ἄλοφον
, “without plume or horse-hair crest”; known also by
Greek representations of that hero, from one of which in bronze the annexed example is taken.