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Gladius is a Latin term used to designate a sword, which is applied in a modern way to the weapon used by the legions of Ancient Rome from the 3rd century BC. C. until the third century approximately. It was about half a meter long (although they could be tailored to the user) and a straight, wide, double-edged blade. From this word derives "gladiator."


These weapons were of the so-called "antennae", "biglobular", or "carp tongue" swords used by both Celts and Celtiberians, very practical for initiative attacks, since being short and light they could launch an attack very quickly, especially lunges, for which they had a long point. They could also be used by hacking, which many times did not help much, since the enemy could wear a chain mail; But, in case they had to take a cut, they were double-edged. The original Hispanic swords were measured for each person and made of high quality iron, which was treated in a special way resulting in very good weapons. The gladio has been considered the best sword that has ever existed from a practical and strategic point of view and the one that caused the most deaths in ancient times.




The gladius was designed for quick lunge attacks. This was very practical, since the Roman legionary who carried the sword took cover behind a scutum; once the enemy had uselessly landed his blow on the Roman's shield or armor, or was about to do so, the Roman would launch a quick thrust with his agile gladius, thus stabbing and killing the opponent. The gladius was replaced by the spatha, copied from the Germanic barbarians.


Recent archaeological discoveries of very old versions of the gladius suggest, however, that the Hispanic origin of this weapon is actually related to an Iberian variant of the "La Tène" type sword, named after those found at La Tène and elsewhere. archaeological sites of the culture of the same Gallic name. In what is now France, this sword was lengthening and becoming more cut, even being manufactured without a point, while in Hispania a smaller size and more suitable for the double function of the cut and lunge was preserved. In this Spanish version the original Roman gladius would be inspired, which, over time, would become shorter and shorter: more than stabbing.




Originally, the Romans used a type of characteristics very similar to the Iberian original, with a double edge and a long point, capable with a vigorous thrust of penetrating chain mail. But it was evolving to simpler forms, until it reached the «Pompeii» model, named after the swords found in that city. This model has a completely straight blade, and the tip is shorter. This is said to be so because, with the barbarian enemies of Rome rarely wearing armor, a shorter point was sufficient and there was less risk of "getting caught" in the ribs of the victim when impaled. But the most likely reason is simply that they were simpler and therefore faster and cheaper to manufacture.

Brand: Ulfberht
Spathae have been used since the Roman era and were later altered by Germanic people who enhanced them to suit their demands. A Sparta is a thrusting sword with a large, double-edged, and straight blade that may be wielded one-handed.Our reconstruction is based on a Spatha as it was used in the Germ..
159.99€
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Brand: Cold Steel
For centuries, martial artists have known a simple truth: if your ultimate goal is to safely and effectively wield a sharp blade, you must supplement your training with a tool that approximates the size, feel, and heft of a blade while minimizing the risk of causing grievous, permanent injury to you..
39.90€
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Replica of a Roman Gladius, as carried by the Roman legionaries around the time of Christ's birth.Pommel and guard are made of beautiful hardwood. The hilt is made of genuine animal bone. Steel blade and pommel are bolted together.The sword comes with a wooden scabbard with brass trimmings.An afford..
99.99€
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This reproduction of the Greco-Roman Short Sword, Parazonium, has an unsharpened blade forged out of high carbon steel and, its hilt featuring a pommel in the form of an eagle's head is carved from genuine animal bone.Delivery includes a matching leather-covered wooden scabbard with brass fittings.T..
89.90€
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Starting around the 3rd century the Romans began adopting the long, double-edged swords called Spathas, which were originally only used by the Germanic peoples.This replica is a reconstruction of a 4th century spatha.The hilt is carved from animal bone. The blade has two fullers. Delivery includes a..
140.90€
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Reconstruction of a legionary gladius found in Pompeii. Parts of it are displayed in Naples National Archaeological Museum today.Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried after the catastrophic eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in the year 79 AD. 4 to 6 metres of ash did not only cover the city but..
135.90€
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From the 4th century BC until the 3rd century AD, the gladius, the primary weapon of the Roman legions, was utilized in a variety of ways. One of the most recent forms of the Roman short sword is the Pompeii-type gladius. Modern historians named it after the Italian archaeological site where the fou..
129.99€
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Brand: Battlecry
Roman style Gladius Centurion from the Windlass Steelcrafts Battlecry collection.Specifically designed to be used and manufactured from 1065 high carbon steel with a darkened finish, battle hardened, extra wide shank and tempered to less than 50 ° RC. This previously sharpened blade has undergone ri..
299.99€
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This Roman short sword is a recreation of a traditionally designed 1st century Mainz type gladius, called after the namesake German city where the first canonical examples were discovered, rather than an exact reproduction of an actual archaeological find. The double-edged, somewhat "waisted" blade ..
135.90€
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Brand: Amont
Spatha Roman cavalry sword, with nickel finishes on the pommel, guard and hilt. Total size 80cm and steel blade.Includes scabbard with engraved details. Roman sword includes support...
74.90€
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This spatha is a reconstruction based on various genuine findings from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, rather than a one-to-one reproduction of an actual historical piece.A broad, double-edged EN45 spring steel blade with two fullers on either side and a 5 cm long ricasso is featured on the Roman long sw..
129.90€
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