**Originally Listed At $200**
Classical World, Balkan Europe, Thrace/Dacia, ca. 4th to 1st century BCE. A beautiful cast bronze blade of sickle form with a tiny, curved tang, sharpened only on its interior side. This is a weapon famous in Roman sources, described by Ovid and Juvenal, with the Latin name, falx, meaning "sickle" or "scythe", reputed to be an incredibly deadly weapon - able to be wielded with great force, splitting shields and piercing helmets, or used as a hook to pierce armor and rip it away from the body. Trajan's column has a helical frieze depicting the Roman conquest of Dacia that shows many of these weapons in use. Size: 9.8" L (24.9 cm)
Provenance: private Orange County, California, USA collection
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