What is the difference between a gladius and spatha?

The spatha was similar to the gladius in many ways. It was double-edged, with a short handle and a tapered point. However, it was longer, roughly 30-40 inches long. Just as the gladius was based on swords the Romans encountered in battle, the spatha was inspired by the long swords of Celts in Germany and Britain.

What is a spatha sword?

The spatha was a type of straight and long sword, measuring between 0.5 and 1 m (19.7 and 39.4 in), with a handle length of between 18 and 20 cm (7.1 and 7.9 in), in use in the territory of the Roman Empire during the 1st to 6th centuries AD. The Roman spatha was used in war and in gladiatorial fights.

How much does a spatha weight?

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Color Black
Item Dimensions 7.2 x 4.5 x 6.5 inches
Item Weight 6.24 ounces

What was the Roman spatha made of?

The Roman Spatha hilt was comprised of a guard plate, a guard, a grip and a pommell. The design for our replica Spatha was created using similar dimensions to several roman swords that have been found. The guard plate would be manufactured out of Brass and the hilt components out of Hard Maple wood.

Who invented the spatha?

The spatha probably came to the Romans via their Celtic mounted “auxilia”, the hired Celtic cavalry, in the early imperial period. Eventually, sort of in the second half of the 2nd century AD, the spatha started to crowd out the gladius.

Why did the Romans stop using the gladius?

The main reason why I believe the gladius was phased out is because of the advantages the spatha, its successor had. The gladius is about as short as arming swords get. It is possible that the romans saw that the spatha was very successful for cavalry and therefore began equipping en masse for their cavalrymen.

Was the Gladius a good sword?

The short blade of the gladius Hispaniensis made it an ideal weapon when soldiers were closely engaged with the enemy and gave its carrier a distinct advantage over an opponent armed with an unwieldy and heavier, longer-bladed sword who had no space in which to swing his blade.

What sword did Spartans use?

The Spartan’s main weapon was the dory spear. For long-range attacks, they carried a javelin. The Spartiates were also always armed with a xiphos as a secondary weapon. Among most Greek warriors, this weapon had an iron blade of about 60 centimetres; however, the Spartan version was typically only 30–45 centimetres.

What sword did the Spartans use?

The Xiphos
The Xiphos: The Xiphos was the close quarter weapon used by Spartan Warriors.

Why was the gladius replaced?

What sword did the Romans use?


Type Sword
Place of origin Ancient Rome, as gladius, based on the Celtiberian gladius hispaniensis.
Service history
In service 3rd century BC – 3rd century AD