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An imperator is, of course, someone who pretends to be someone else. And Julius Caesar pretended to be an emperor better than anyone in history. In fact, there were thousands of statues and images of him all across Rome. He sure fooled a lot of people. (editor's note: Imperator is the Roman word for Emperor. Julius Caesar actually was Emperor of Rome. Please humor our writer. He tries hard).
This sword is a fitting tribute to the man who was proclaimed a God by the Roman Senate after his death. It's about as beautiful a sword as we've seen. The surgical stainless steel blade is polished to a high sheen and richly engraved with ivy patterns. A round, golden boss at the forte of the blade is engraved with an image of Caesar and the words "Imperator" and "Caesar" engraved around the edges. Two pegasi (winged horses, you Roman-mythologically challenged ponces) in bas-relief hold a ring of ivy between them. Inside the ring is a brilliantly carved, steel Roman Eagle. Below the horses, the Roman SPQR juts out in relief (it stands for "Senatus Populusque Romanus," which means a beautiful and popular Roman song, or sonata.)(Okay, that's not true. A quick check on Google shows that it actually means "the senate and people of Rome," which could, in a symbolic sort of way, be a beautiful song of sorts. I guess.)
There is little of this sword that is not engraved or otherwise highly decorated. The rich, laquered and waisted grip is anchored by a series of etched metal rings at the center, each carved with elaborate patterns. The pommel features grandiose ivy patterns and regal images of Caesar and his confidantes.
This is one of the finest display swords we sell, and would make a fantastic gift for any Roman hitory buff or fan of Julius Caesar. Heck, it would make a great gift for just about anyone. Oh, and think of what a great award it would make for recognition in the workplace! The possibilities are endless, but know this... I really really want one, so if you buy one, could you please get a second for me? I think I get a discount for working for Strongblade, so the second one wouldn't cost that much. Please? Pleeeeease?
Overall Length: 30 1/2"
Blade Length: 23"
Weight: 3lbs 13oz
Materials: Blade: Polished Stainless Steel. Grip: Wood and Steel. Pommel: Carved Steel.
Note: This sword does not include a sheath.
The world may never know a military man like Julius Caesar again; Brilliant, confident, charismatic and seemingly invincible in the field of battle. Caesar forever changed the Roman Empire in his short four-year stint as "Dictator for Life," and after his death was raised to divinity by the Roman Senate that had murdered him. Ironic, for more reasons than the obvious. Especially since Caesar claimed that he came from divinity, citing the Goddess Venus and the greek war hero Aeneas as his ancestors.
As a young military officer, Caesar showed great promise. He rose quickly through the ranks, and would have risen even more quickly if not for an unfortunate kidnapping by pirates. Even after being kidnapped and taken on board the pirate ship, Caesar kept his head and his confidence. When he overheard one of the pirate officers say that they could get 20 Gold pieces as ransom, Caesar allegedly laughed and said the he was worth at least 50.
After serving as Governor in Spain for a few years, Caesar's reputation was truly made in Gaul, where he spent many years battling the German "Barbarians" and expanding Rome's territory into what is now France and Belgium. With his victories in the Gallic Wars, Caesar gained an enormous amount of support from the common people (plebes) or Rome, and rode this swell of admiration by chasing away his rival (and friend) Pompey from the city, crushing Pompey's army in a civil war, and dissolving the Roman Republic. Despite this many of the people still loved him and his death at the hand's of the Roman senate four years later was cause for great mourning.
One of Caesar's most longstanding quotes came from a short battle he had with Pharnaces, a troublesome former ally of Rome. Pharnaces defeated a Roman force and began a land grab in Greece, Caesar decided to take care of the problem himself. He rushed to meet Pharnaces with amazing speed, not giving the leader time to fully prepare his forces. Caesar made quick work of Pharnaces then sent back a letter to Rome syaing simply "Veni, Vidi, Vinci"; I came. I saw. I Conquered.
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The flintlock pistol was the greatest advance in pirating since the wooden leg. The concept was fairly simple: gunpowder was stuffed into the barrel. A lead ball, usually wrapped in some sort of fabric, was stuffed in. A hammer was then pulled back half-way and left that way until the gun was ready to fire. The pistol technically was not meant to fire in this position, although sometimes they were known to go off half-cocked (and yes, that is the origin of that expression). When the gun was ready to be fired, the hammer was pulled back all the way and the trigger was squeezed. If you're feeling flinty, go check out the Strongblade selection of flintlock pistols, blunderbuss pistols and flintlock rifles.