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Roman Swords and Greek Swords

Roman Swords and Greek Swords

Whether you're standing shoulder to shoulder on the beaches of Troy or facing down a Thracian gladiator in Rome, these are the swords you would have used.
SBA-GLADIUS-VESPARUM

SBA-GLADIUS-VESPARUM

Roman Gladius Vesparum: Wasp-waisted Roman Gladius

$99

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This magnificent gladius features a wasp style blade and a beautifully carved wooden grip. Each segment of the grip is carved deep for a secure hold, and separated with polished brass spacers.

SBA-GLADIUSLEGIONNAIRE

SBA-GLADIUSLEGIONNAIRE

The Legionnaire: Rugged, Crowned Roman Gladius with Leather Grip

$77

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This gladius is a gorgeous version of the sword that conquered 75 percent of the known world. It's a replica of a standard "Pompeii" style gladius, with a few important modifications. The greatest is the "Crowned" pommel which provides extra grip area.

SBA-GLADIUSPRAETORIAN

SBA-GLADIUSPRAETORIAN

Roman Gladius: Praetorian Guard

$88

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The Praetorian is one of our highest end Roman Gladius. With a beautiful high-carbon steel blade, signature V-tip design, stunning polished-hardwood hilt and a blow-your-socks-off gilded sheath, it doesn't get much better.

SBA-LAKONIA

SBA-LAKONIA

Spartan Lakonia 20-inch Short Sword with Bronze Grip and Guard

$85

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Based on the traditional Spartan design, this Lakonia features a high carbon blade oak leaf shape blade and a solid brass hilt. It is solid yet well balanced We offer it with both tempered and non-tempered blades.

SBA-PHALANX-BLADE

SBA-PHALANX-BLADE

Ancient Greek Hoplite's Phalanx Blade

$68

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The Hoplite's blade has an oak-leaf shape, slightly wider toward the point than at the base of the blade. The tho silvered guard is simple and efficient. The pommel is also silvered to a mirror finish.

SBA-ROMANGLADIUSIII

SBA-ROMANGLADIUSIII

Roman Gladius Type III with Double Loop Scabbard

$84

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This gladius is an exceptional piece. The carved bone grip and polished wood guard and pommel are unique features. It is light and accurate with the classic V-tip that is deal for thrusting. A sturdy rhomboid cross section gives this blade outstanding strength.

SBMU-ROMANPUGIO

SBMU-ROMANPUGIO

Fully Tempered Roman Pugio Roman Pugio by Windlass Steelcrafts

$79

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SBC-CAESARSWORD

SBC-CAESARSWORD

Imperator - Richly Detailed, Decorative Gladius of Julius Caesar

$199

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SBC-GLADIUSDECIMUS

SBC-GLADIUSDECIMUS

Tenth Legion Roman Tribune Gladius
With Decorative Sheath

$132

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SBC-GLADIUSMAINTZRED

SBC-GLADIUSMAINTZRED

Decorative Mainz Gladius, Red

$123

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Strongblade Lore
(A Bit of History According to Strongblade)



Greek Hoplites
There have been few military units as devastating in their time as the Greek phalanx. Heavily armored and insanely well trained, these soldiers were capable of standing against any and all challengers. Fighting for one's country was an unswerving responsibility among the Greek city-states. Even the poets of the time were tough bastards; most of them wrote only of warfare, courage, resolve and beating the snot out of your enemies.

Greek warriors fought in a phalanx; a unit of heavily armored men that fought in rows, with large shields (hoplons), long spears and short swords. The wealthy made up the majority of the infantry. Those with money were the only ones who could afford the horrendously expensive armor and weapons that made a Hoplite warrior. The poorer troops were thrown into skirmishing units that were armed with slings, bows and spears and wore light armor. These skirmishers were generally only on the outskirts of the battle. This strikes me as particularly ironic because in modern day warfare it seems like the poor are the ones on the front lines while the wealthy are ... well ... on their yachts, laughing and chugging boat-drinks thousands of miles away. My how Democracy has changed over the years.

The Greek Hoplites fought primarily with spears. A typical Hoplite battle consisted of opposing units charging each other with their shields up. The two units would crash together and start shoving. If you've ever seen a rugby scrum, then you get the general idea of phalanx warfare. Only, these rugby players are extremely well armored, and are jabbing long, lethal spears over the top of their shields trying to kill as many of the opposing players as possible.

The shoving and stabbing would continue until one of the units started to falter. The first phalanx to start breaking up usually ended up getting routed and usually massacred. If neither unit gained any definitive advantage for a time, the fighting broke down to a big sloppy melee. Formations vanished and chaotic carnage would reign, with soldiers trying to keep themselves alive while killing as many of their opponents as possible. It was at this point that most Hoplites would switch to their short sword.

Phalanx units were funny things. Each man depended on every other man to hold the formation. If enough of your fellow soldiers lost their courage, your unit would be lost. It was an interesting practice for hoplite commanders to divide their very best soldiers among the front line and the very last line of their units. The front line fighters needed to be strong because they were slamming headlong into their opponents. But the back line warriors needed to be experienced because they needed to keep all of the other soldiers from running away. They would shout encouragement, push against the lines ahead of them and, if necessary, threaten the other soldiers to make sure they kept their minds on the business at hand. Running from a fight was considered cowardly, not just because you lost your nerve, but also because you doomed your mates to a horrible fate. It was said that a Greek should never die with a wound in his back.

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