Roman Swords, Gladiator Swords, Roman Gladius, Spartan Swords

The favored weapon of the Roman military was the sword, more specifically the gladius. Latin for sword, this unique blade was designed to be short, with emphasis put on a sleek design made for stabbing and thrusting. This allowed the Romans to easily attack by shifting their shields aside, delivering a thrust, and retracting to put their defenses right back into place. Over years of use, the gladius gradually underwent changes, some for increased effectiveness and some purely for appearance, and at Dark Knight Armoury, you can find almost all of them available for purchase. The gladius is thought to have originated in what is now Spain, although some origins track it back to the Celtic weapons of earlier eras. There were two main types of gladius, those being the Mainz and the Pompeii. The Mainz gladius was defined by a long point and a slight waist along the edge, giving it a somewhat leaf-shaped blade. The Pompeii gladius was the shorter of the two, with straight cutting edges and a broader, triangular tip. Other swords were also used in Roman times - the spatha was a longer blade that was favorably used on horse-back, were the extra length made it more effective. And in the arena, shorter swords known as dolches and curved blades known as sicas were also very popular. Many of the gladius you will find here in this Roman sword section of Dark Knight Armoury are fully functional, while others are designed to be decorative - carried along or displayed but not used for cutting or combat. Make sure you read the full item description to determine which manner of sword you are looking at.
3rd Century Roman Spatha
AH-2002
Similar in design to the gladius, the spatha was a straight sword favored by Roman heavy infantry units. This 3rd Century Roman Spatha is an ornate sword, featuring straight edges that culminate into a vicious, angular point.
Price: $180.00
3rd Century Roman Sword
AH-4221
Similar in design to the gladius, the spatha was a straight sword favored by Roman heavy infantry units. This 3rd Century Roman Sword is an ornate spatha, featuring long, straight edges that culminate into a vicious, angular point.
Price: $153.00
Black Caesarean Gladius
AH-4229
Some of Romes ancient rulers were warriors before they were emperors, and even those who were not favored a gladius as a symbol of power. The Black Caesarean Gladius looks like a warriors blade, with a stylized look to suit an emperor.
Price: $189.00
Black Mainz Gladius
MC-SW-1277
Named for a permanent Roman campsite known for its sword manufacturing, the Mainz gladius remains distinctive for its subtly tapered waist and long point. The Black Mainz Gladius displays both of these traits in its design.
Price: $30.00
Bone Grip Roman Spatha
AH-4208N
Used by a variety of Roman soldiers, the Spatha was created for heavy infantry due to its in length over the traditional gladius. Our Bone Grip Roman Spatha offers a large reach and is easy to wield for variety of swordsmen.
Price: $246.00
Bone Handled Gladiator Dolch
AH-6251B
Perfectly suited to the combat of the gladiatorial arenas, short weapons like this Bone Handled Gladiator Dolch were used by many a Roman gladiator. As weapons, they also helped ensure an exciting match for the spectators, too.
Price: $72.00
Brass Handled Gladiator Dolch
AH-6251
Perfectly suited to the combat of the gladiatorial arenas, short weapons like this Brass Handled Gladiator Dolch were used by many a Roman gladiator. As weapons, they also helped ensure an exciting match for the spectators, too.
Price: $81.00
Brass Roman Sword
SD4116L
The Roman Sword, or Gladius, evolved from weapons captured during the Roman campaign in the Iberian peninsula. By the first century A.D., it had been refined to the form shown in this replica by Denix.
Price: $126.00
Bronze Hilt Julius Caesar Sword
SG211
The great Julius Caesar, head of the Roman Empire, left his mark in history as a military leader and an Emperor. The Julius Caesar Sword, with its Roman styling, is a reminder of the power and prestige of the great Roman Empire.
Price: $203.00
Centurion Gladius
MC-HK-708
The centurion was the professional officer of the Roman legion. Commanding roughly 80-100 men, a centurion was expected to be the best soldier among them, wielding his Centurion Gladius with dexterity and skill, leading by example.
Price: $60.00
Centurion Gladius
501430
This beautiful Centurion Gladius has a hand forged and tempered high carbon steel blade that is truly worthy of a Roman officer. Meticulously hand finished, the solid wood grip with antiqued metal accents completes this regal piece.
Price: $245.00
Condor Mainz Gladius
BK-CTK1001195HC
Roman Legions were renowned for the brutal fighting spirit of individual soldiers as well as the discipline and organization of the army units. The Condor Mainz Gladius is modeled after the weapon used by these lethal warriors.
Price: $249.98
Damascus 3rd Century Roman Spatha
AH-2002D
This sword is modeled after one of the longer blades wielded by the Legion during 3rd Century Rome, with one exception. Instead of regular steel, this Damascus 3rd Century Roman Spatha has a blade patterned after damascus steel.
Price: $540.00
Damascus and Rosewood Gladius
ZS-DM-5003
As many avid collectors of weapons know, the gladius was the weapon of choice in Ancient Rome. This Damascus and Rosewood Gladius enhances the look of that classic sword with brilliant Damascus steel and a gorgeous wooden handle.
Price: $147.00
On Sale For: $132.30
Damascus Late Roman Sword
AH-2001D
This Damascus Late Roman Sword is modeled after the spatha, which was similar to the gladius, except it featured a longer blade. This weapon also differs as it features a ripple to its steel that is only found in damascus weapons.
Price: $540.00
Damascus Roman Mainz Gladius
AH-4209D
The gladius was the Roman weapon of choice for many years, and it exceled during its years of service. This Damascus Roman Mainz Gladius mimics the classic Roman sword and enhances it with a resplendent damascus steel pattern.
Price: $594.00
Delos Sword
AH-4215
Similar in design to the gladius, the spatha was a straight sword favored by Roman heavy infantry units. This Delos Sword is a simple blade with obvious Hispanic influences that is modeled after a Roman sword found in Delos, Greece.
Price: $201.00
Eagle of Rome Gladius
501429
Enter the battle as a Roman legionary with the Eagle of Rome Gladius at your side. This historical replica from Windlass Steelcrafts was hand forged and tempered from high carbon steel, a great addition to your reenactment arsenal.
Price: $245.00
Economy Pompeii Gladius Sword
AH-4211E
The gladius was the favored weapon of the Roman armies, and in trained hands, this blade became one of the most effective in history. The Economy Pompeii Gladius Sword is modeled after the Pompeii gladius, which featured parallel edges.
Price: $135.00
Embellished Gladius Set
MC-SW-1271
Roman warriors needed weapons that showed off both their superior fighting skills and their rank. The Embellished Gladius Set is a duo of fantasy gladius for high ranking Roman warriors to wear and wield as a part of their look.
Price: $56.00

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