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



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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