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ROMAN IRON LEGIONARY SPATHA SWORD

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CA. 200 – 400 AD. Rare Roman Legionary sword of Spatha type.; broad parallel-sided spatha with convergent tip; rectangular-section tang at the shoulder developing to square-section at the upper end. Expertly cleaned, restored and conserved to Museum quality. L:835mm/W:60mm32.87/2.36 inch; 760g. The Roman spatha was used in war and in gladiatorial fights. The spatha of literature appears in the Roman Empire in the 1st century AD as a weapon used by presumably Germanic auxiliaries and gradually became a standard heavy infantry weapon from the late 2nd Century onwards, relegating the gladius to use as a light infantry weapon. The spatha apparently replaced the gladius in the front ranks, giving the infantry more reach when thrusting. While the infantry version had a long point, versions carried by the cavalry had a rounded tip that prevented accidental stabbing of the cavalryman's own foot or horse. Provenance: From a London private collection, acquired on the UK art market in the 1980s.
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ROMAN IRON LEGIONARY SPATHA SWORD

Estimate $1,200 - $1,800Dec 15, 2019
Starting Price $1,000
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