Roman Swords, Gladiator Swords, Roman Gladius, Spartan Swords
The favored weapon of the Roman military was the sword, more specifically the gladius. Latin for sword, this unique blade was designed to be short, with emphasis put on a sleek design made for stabbing and thrusting. This allowed the Romans to easily attack by shifting their shields aside, delivering a thrust, and retracting to put their defenses right back into place. Over years of use, the gladius gradually underwent changes, some for increased effectiveness and some purely for appearance, and at Dark Knight Armoury, you can find almost all of them available for purchase. The gladius is thought to have originated in what is now Spain, although some origins track it back to the Celtic weapons of earlier eras. There were two main types of gladius, those being the Mainz and the Pompeii. The Mainz gladius was defined by a long point and a slight waist along the edge, giving it a somewhat leaf-shaped blade. The Pompeii gladius was the shorter of the two, with straight cutting edges and a broader, triangular tip. Other swords were also used in Roman times - the spatha was a longer blade that was favorably used on horse-back, were the extra length made it more effective. And in the arena, shorter swords known as dolches and curved blades known as sicas were also very popular. Many of the gladius you will find here in this Roman sword section of Dark Knight Armoury are fully functional, while others are designed to be decorative - carried along or displayed but not used for cutting or combat. Make sure you read the full item description to determine which manner of sword you are looking at.