Seller: pax_romana (3,845) 100%, Location: London, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 391640260975 Material: Bronze, Colour: Bronze, Details: Description: Genuine Roman military sword/gladius amulet, pierced for attachment.A powerful military symbol, signifying bravery and victory - worn round the necks of Rome's mighty legionaries. Lovely item for any collection!Material: Bronze / Nice dark green patinaCondition: Very Fine / Wearable / see photosSize: 35 x 7 mm / Weight: 4.7 gramsPeriod: 1st - 4th centuryProvenance: Obtained from an old German collection. Ideal gift for anyone interested in Roman and/or military history, or ancient jewelry! *We also provide FREE gift bags, ring boxes and necklace cords so your gift is complete and ready to bring joy and excitement. In our store you will find one of the largest collections of Ancient and Medieval artefacts and coins currently available on eBay. Our company deals exclusively in AUTHENTIC pieces of art. Each item purchased from us is guaranteed to be authentic and can be accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity upon request. Gladius GladiusReplica pseudo-Pompeii gladius.TypeSwordPlace of originAncient Rome as gladius.Service historyIn service4th century BC–3rd century AD.Used byLegionary in Roman service, Roman-influenced other forces.WarsRoman Republic and Roman EmpireSpecificationsWeight0.7–1 kg (1.5–2.2 lb)Length60–85 cm (24–33 in)Blade length45–68 cm (1.48–2.23 ft)Width5–7 cm (2.0–2.8 in)Blade typesteel of varying degrees of carbon content, pointed, double-edged.Hilt typeWood, bronze.A fully equipped Roman legionary after the reforms of Gaius Marius was armed with a shield (scutum), one or two javelins (pila), a sword (gladius), often a dagger (pugio), and perhaps, in the later Empire period, darts (plumbatae). Conventionally, the javelins would be thrown to disable the shields and disrupt the formation of the enemy before engaging in close combat, for which the gladius would be drawn. The soldier generally led with his shield and thrust with his sword. All types of gladius appear to have also been suitable for cutting and chopping motions as well as for thrusting.Gladius (English pronunciation: /ɡleɪdiəs/; Latin: glădĭus, pronounced [ˈɡladiʊs]) was one Latin word for sword and is used to represent the primary sword of Ancient Roman foot soldiers. Early ancient Roman swords were similar to those used by the Greeks. From the 3rd century BC, the Romans adopted swords similar to those used by the Celtiberians and others during the early part of the conquest of Hispania. This sword was known as the gladius hispaniensis, or "Hispanic Sword".