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ANTIQUE, ROMAN, BRONZE HANDLE, CAVALRY / FRONT-LINE / GLADIATOR SPATHA SWORD ~ with HEAVY & ORNATE, SOLID BRONZE HILT of Phallic Design ~ with Early ‘Roman Period’ ROMAN GLADIATOR STYLE Double-Edge BLADE that is contoured on one side & thicker near the Hilt, and being totally flat on the other side. (This method of design helped prevent the Blade from becoming lodged in bone upon impact) ~ The Blade is also ‘Sculptured-Chased’ on the Contoured Side which added a characteristic of integrity to the long Blade… making it to be less brittle ~ Two lines, also chiseled, run the length of the contoured side of the Blade approximately 1/4 inch from the Edges of the Blade that remain sharp enough to easily dismember heads, arms, legs, etc. ~ Measuring Approximately 29-1/2 inches overall, with a 1-15/16 inch wide, 23-11/16 inch long, Very-Sharp, Double-Edged Blade, with Elongated Pointed ‘Spear’ Tip ~ This Sword Weighs 4 Pounds, 13.2 Ounces ~ The Ornate Phallic Designed, Solid-Bronze Hilt being firmly cast around the tang of the Hand-Forged, Carbon-Steel Blade (Carbon-Steel was made by forging Iron and charcoal together, and was invented around 4000 B.C.), making for an extremely solid & reliable Sword ~ This Sword Blade balances at a point Approximately 2-3/8 inches in front of the hilt, making for an extremely responsive blade for combat ~ NOTE: This is a Beautifully Excellently-Made, Heavy-Duty, Well-Balanced Fighting Weapon, with an Extremely Sharp Blade with an Armour Piercing Tip ~ ITEM #wea-006 ~
The Spatha likely originated from the Celts, who were recruited as horsemen by the Roman Empire as part of their Cavalry, and the Spathas were then adopted and used by the Roman Cavalry as well as the front-line Roman Legionaries… and later by Gladiators. About 100 A.D., the Spatha began to replace the shorter Gladius Swords as the primary Sword used by most of the Roman Troops.
The Gladiator Arenas:
Gladiator Arenas served as the main source of entertainment for the Citizens of Rome. Almost every Roman Settlement of any size, had such an Arena located within it’s boundaries. These Arenas also served as a form of court trials and executions for criminals, political prisoners, pirates, unruly slaves, early Christians, and anyone else unfortunate enough to find themselves in the center of one. But not all that fought in these Arenas were one of the above. Some Gladiators could be compared to today’s Prize Fighters and /or Cage Fighters. Some Gladiators were owned by today’s standard of an ‘Agent’. Being well feed and groomed, trained by more experienced fighters or warriors, they generated wealth for their Owner / Agent if and when they won the Battle-Contest. It would have made sense that such Owners / Agents would have wanted their Gladiators (Fighting-Investment-Properties), to be well armed and equipped with the best fighting Weapons available… to give them the edge over their opponents. The Spatha described above would have been one of these Weapons… being entirely hand-Forged from the best of materials to provide, a Solid, Reliable, and Un-Breakable, Balanced extension of the Gladiator’s arm. The Hilt of this Spatha was made of Solid Bronze (not from Bone and Wood as most other Swords of the time were made… that might shatter and fall apart in hard battle). The Hilt was molten poured into a sand-cast mold, around the Double-Edged, Carbon-Steel Blade. The Blades on this Spatha is contoured on one side, and completely flat on the other side (allowing the Sword to be easier extracted if lodged in bone). The Contoured side of the Blade has various chiseled-out designs on the lower and upper portion, which helped make the Blade less brittle, as well as slightly lessening the weight of the Sword. Two lines, also chiseled, run the length of the contoured side of the Blade approximately 1/4 inch from the Edges. (NOTES: (1) A Sword that was properly balanced as well as being as light-weight as possible without affecting it’s integrity, would allow the fighter to endure longer periods of battle. (2) Carbon-Steel was made by forging Iron and charcoal together. Google and most of my Books state that Carbon-Steel was invented around 4000 B.C.
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