Sword: gladius

Gladius (Accepted)

Gladius (Accepted)

The “gladius” is a short sword used by soldiers of ancient Rome through the end of the 2nd Century.  It was quillonless, with a short hilt; though double-edged, it was used mostly for thrusting [F. Wilkinson, Arms and Armour, pp.34-36].  We have no examples of its use in period heraldry.

Marcus Gladius bears:  Tierced per pall vert, sable, and gules, overall a gladius inverted proper.

Marcus Artorius Metellus bears as a badge:  Two gladii inverted in saltire sable and overall a lion contourny argent.

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