Roman Pilums, Roman Spears and Roman Polearms
Unlike the Greeks before them, the Romans did not favor the spear. That does not mean that they did not use them, though. At Dark Knight Armoury, we offer a selection of Roman pilums and spears, all based on the various polearms that were commonly used during the days of Ancient Rome, either in military battles or in the great gladiatorial battles that were held in the amphitheaters to entertain the masses. The three types of pole weapons that the Romans are most well-known for are the pilum, the trident, and the plumbata. The pilum was a throwing javelin, designed to be thrown from afar, although some models were weighted and designed for use as a melee weapon as well. The hallmark of the pilum was that when thrown, the impact would bend the pilum head, making it difficult to remove and impossible to re-use. The trident saw less military use, as it was often the weapon of a gladiator known as the retarius. Paired with a net, the trident was a deadly weapon that the gladiator used to attack from afar after entangling his foes. Many of the pila and spears found in this section are fully functional, meaning you can carry or throw them, and unlike the Roman originals, they are not made to bend on impact, and if they do, you can usually bend them right back! No legionary should be without at least a single pilum, just as no retarius could be expected to fight without their trident! So make sure you hit up Dark Knight Armoury, where you can find the Roman spears and pole arms that you need to equip yourself for glorious battle!