Valor and Discipline; the watchwords of the Legions of Imperial Rome. In the vast bronze and steel ranks of the Legion none embodied these words more than the Centurion. The soul of the Legion, his scars were tattoos of Valor and the loud crack of his vine-stick kept the rhythm of Discipline.
A decorated Veteran, his great labor was to forge and hone the spirit of the Legion by being the physical embodiment of its values. He did so with his greatest tools; Respect and Fear. With carefully sharpened steel, a blood-red transverse crest upon his polished helmet and armor agleam with medals, the impressive Centurion marched at the front of his men and he made no hesitation to fight tooth to toe against the foe to show the lads how it was done. In a siege, many Centurions would endeavor to be the first of their men over the walls. Likely it would not have been his first time, for even surviving deeds such as this caused some men to be made Centurion in the first place. For this apparent selflessness and courage the Legionaries would respect him and be inspired by his example.
When discipline in the ranks became lax the Centurion would beat the Legion back into Roman Order with his vine-rod – the symbol of his authority and the gnarled cudgel by which harsh military punishments were dealt. For this they would fear the iced gaze of his disapproval.
It could be said that he represented the ideals of Rome. Born of war itself, Rome idolized martial discipline and feats of arms. Rome however, was always harsh to its transgressors, and the brutal discipline meted out by his gnarled arm and matching vine-rod reflected this reality. Tacitus related an anecdotal tale concerning one Centurion, nicknamed, Cedo Alteram meaning Gimme Another. He was so named after his most common phrase; said right after he shattered his vine-rod over the back of another lagging Legionary.
Though an officer of the Legion, the Centurion shared in the trials of the men beneath his charge. Most officers loftily rode on horseback, but the Centurion marched with the Legionaries on foot and his hob-nailed Roman Caligae boots were caked with the mud of the campaign road. He pitched his tent among their ranks in the camp and he fought with them in the thickest of the melee.
For his weighty tasks the Centurion was rewarded with excellent pay, varying from twice to possibly as high as 17 times that of the ordinary Legionary. His position was held in great prestige in society and the army supplied him with a good pension and sometimes land. Unfortunately, the dangerous, front-rank fighting duties often made casualties of Centurions in wartime.
This Gladius has the embellishments befitting a respected and decorated warrior such as the Centurion, though they come at no cost to its fighting purpose. The simple, carved wooden grip keeps the Centurion rooted in his humble, soldiery duties and austere origins. The blade is crafted from tempered, high carbon steel and is antiqued for a campaign-worn appearance. The all-metal guard and pommel have likewise been antiqued. Comes with a wood-core scabbard overlaid with burgundy leather and patinated brass accents. It has an integrated leather Roman sword baldric.
gladius I thought it was to going to be bigger and stronger .
not dissapointed but not quiet happy either I had a Gladius once from Ritter Steel , that was a sword , at least it felt like a sword , but this one feels like I am carrying a big knife or a small machete but not a sword .
Nate T. –
Very Nice word I don’t know what the other 2 reviewers were expecting. But having ordered from Windlass before, I was not expecting a heavy battle club. It’s well balanced and has nice detailing on the hilt, pommel, and scabbard. It’s hardly a “small knife or machete”. It’s the same size and any of the other Gladius-type swords from other manufacturers. And the weight falls in line with them too. I’m very happy with its overall quality, balance, and appearance. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a functional Roman period sword.
Nathan E. –
gladius review i am very pleased with this sword so far i got the sharpning service and it passed the paper test with flying colors! it performed well in cuts and thrusts, it seems VERY well made, and the tip is very strong it seems to be very well heat treated and made of very good steel, the sword looks fantastic and performs VERY well, overall for the price range, and the fact you get a scabbard and baldric, its a good investment, and please dont let ritter steel sway your opinion there stuff is WAY to heavy, this make ” dagger ” that is heavier than a hand and a half sword, this sword doesnt feel like a big knife it feels properly wieghted.
Mythguard Whatever else I’ll try to do. –
pretty outstanding quality especially for the price! I personally didn’t buy this sword, but a friend of mine ordered one relatively recently, so I got to handle and test it. first of all the design is pretty impressive it looks very ornate and it doesn’t hinder it’s functional application at all like a few similarly decorated pieces which is fantastic! And now to talk about functionality. The point is very finely tapered and I believe steel is well hardened 1095 which makes it obviously a king at the thrust, and surprisingly good in the cut as well! so overall I’d say if looking at it you should pick one up! PS the only reason I’m not rating this five stars is since I don’t own one myself so I’m not one-hundred percent sure how well it will hold up over time.