Gladius from Leiden Museum, I-V century AD.
Gladius from Leiden Museum, I-V century AD.
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Gladius from Leiden Museum, I-V century AD.

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Roman
I-V AD.

Scabbard included.

The Pompeii gladius was named by modern historians after the Roman town of Pompeii. This type of gladius was by far the most popular one. Four instances of the sword type were found in Pompeii, with others turning up elsewhere. The sword has parallel cutting edges and a triangular tip. This is the shortest of the gladii. It is often confused with the spatha, which was a longer, slashing weapon used initially by mounted auxilia. Over the years, the Pompeii got longer, and these later versions are called semi-spathas.

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Scabbard:

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