Roman Pilums and Spears
The Roman gladius was not the only blade that was integral to Roman warfare. Roman soldiers also typically carried multiple copies of an ancient polearm called a pilum into battle. The Roman pilum functioned similar to a traditional javelin, possessing a wood shaft joined to an iron shank with a roughly pyramid-shaped head. Functional pila could come in a variety of different shapes or sizes, ranging from the weighted pilum that was designed to hit hard and penetrate deep to lighter, lighter pila that were designed for ease of carrying and mobility. One unique feature of the traditional pilum is that the shank was designed to bend upon impact, making the historical javelin difficult to remove from the target and ensuring that the spear was unusable by an enemy after a good throw. Here at Medieval Collectables, we offer pilum reproductions in various weights and sizes, as well as a series of other Roman tridents and gladiator spears. Some of our Roman pole arms are meant for training and use, while others are more decorative and designed for costume use and display.
It might not have been their preferred armament of choice, but the Romans did utilize spears from time to time when the situation called for it. This Roman Spear is constructed like a pilum, although its weight and balance are different.
The two weapons a Roman soldier would have been armed with were, more often than not, the gladius and the pilum. The type of pilum, or javelin, could vary from soldier to soldier, though, and some favored a typical Square Pilum.
A trident is a vicious three-pronged spear that was often used by gladiators during the course of their grueling fights. A Gladiator's Trident was wielded by a retarius gladiator, a lightly armored warrior modeled after a fisherman.
The two typical weapons a Roman soldier would have been armed with were, more often than not, the gladius and the pilum. The type of pilum, or javelin, could vary from soldier to soldier, though, and some favored a Weighted Pilum.
The two typical weapons a Roman soldier would have been armed with were, more often than not, the gladius and the pilum. The type of pilum could vary from soldier to soldier, though, and some favored a lighter, Thin Pilum.
In some cases, archers for the Roman Legion were not necessary, especially if every trooper carried a supply of Plumbata Darts. Similar to small arrows and thrown by hand, these projectiles were considered to be especially deadly.
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