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Roman Gladius Sword Blade

Late 1st century BC-1st century AD

A double-edged iron gladius blade of Mainz typology, leaf-shaped waisted blade with slanted shoulders and tapering tang. 509 grams, 64.5cm (25 1/2"). Fine condition.

Property of an East Anglian collector; formerly acquired on the European art market in the 1990s; accompanied by an academic report by military specialist Dr. Raffaele D’Amato.
See Bishop, M. C., Coulston, J.C.N., Roman military equipment, from the Punic wars to the fall of Rome, London, 2006; Radman Livaja, I., Militaria Sisciensia, Finds of the Roman military equipment in Sisak in the holdings of the archaeological Museum in Zagreb, Zagreb, 2004; Miks, C., Studien zur Romischen Schwertbewaffnung in der Kaiserzeit, I-II Banden, Rahden, 2007; D'Amato, R., Arms and Armour of the Imperial Roman Soldier, London, 2009.
The most famous sword of the Roman legionary was the gladius, used for cutting and thrusting in dense fighting formations, a technique in which the milites were particularly trained in. One of the most famous example, Felicitas Tiberii, is in the British Museum.