The Gladius Or Roman Short Sword, Probably The Weapon That Resulted In More Death Than Any Weapon In Ancient History

by Daniel Russ on July 16, 2010

 

Roman Short Swords

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Glasius, Roman Short Sword

 

 

Gladius Roman Short Sword

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Kent Mitchell July 17, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Something like 50,000 Romans under Gaius Marius carved up some 120,000 Germanic warriors at Aquae Sextiae using the gladius. The Roman legionaries, disciplined, organized and tough, operated like a meat grinder.

scott January 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

the power of rome was not to be underestamated the legionaries i think were among the best medium infentry of all time

Joseph February 14, 2011 at 4:21 am

At the battle of Lake Tresimaine, Hannibal defeated the Romans. The battle, brilliantly orchestrated by a legendary general would have defeated any army before it. Of note is this; the battle itself was won in the first 10 minutes, but Roman valor, courage, and discipline made it last 3 hours. The end result does not speak the whole story of the might of the Roman Legions.

Daniel Russ February 14, 2011 at 7:42 am
James Fowler February 15, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The gladius was originally a Spanish or Kelt-Iberian shortsword which proved effective in close combat as a thrusting weapon, as opposed to the longer slashing sword of the Kelts.

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