Knife handle in the form of a gladiator with shield and short sword - ROM2010_11493_72

ROM2010_11493_72

Knife handle in the form of a gladiator with shield and short sword

Medium:Bone
Geography: Egypt
Date: c. 200-400 AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
Dimensions:
9.8 x 2.5 cm
Object number: 910.175.149
On view
Gallery Location:Eaton Gallery of Rome: games and entertainment
Description

Roman Gladiators

The first gladiators were slaves and prisoners of war. By the Imperial era, their ranks included very determined professional fighters and condemned criminals. They were armed with a variety of equipment. Two of the most recognizable gladiator types were the retiarius or net man, armed with a net and trident spear, and the secutor, a swordsman equipped with a straight stabbing sword, helmet, arm guard, and curved shield.

Collection:
Roman WorldEgypt
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