Gladiator Spatha Sword 39"


RRP: $149.00save 16% SKU SB819BR
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Equipped with a 30" mirror polished blade constructed from solid 440 stainless steel. Simulated Bone handle with Roman Coin inlay. The ornate handle coordinates with the leather wrapped wooden sheath which is equipped with functional straps and hardware. Blade is factory semi sharp. Sword measures 39" overall. Designed for decorative use.
The spatha of literature appears in the Roman Empire in the 1st century as a blade of presumed Germanic auxiliaries and went on from there to become a standard heavy infantry sword, relegating the gladius to use as a light infantry attack. The spatha apparently simply replaced the gladius in the front ranks, giving the infantry more reach in thrusting. Eventually under the later Roman Empire the spatha was adopted by many if not most legionaries. The Latin word, spatha, and all its derivatives, are a loan from ancient Greek spatha, any object considered long and flat, such as the blade of an oar, a rib, the shuttle of a loom, a spatula, etc.
As more Germanic and barbarian tribes entered the Roman army, this longer spatha design replaced the traditional, shorter gladius as the preferred sword of Rome's soldiers and gladiators. Measuring 39" overall, this sword offers striking historical detail and appeal.
Overall Length: 39"
Blade Length: 30"
Handle Length: 9"
Blade Width at Guard: 2"

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