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I recently read that the gladius was only adopted around the time of The First Punic War by contact with Spanish mercenaries. If so, what would legionaries have used earlier?
A version of the Greek Xiphos is most likely.
Our own Dan Diffendale has a wonderful site on pre-Roman italic artifacts [url:13gq6ch9]http://web-facstaff.sas.upenn.edu/~dpd/italica/[/url] and there are several examples dated to the 4th century BC of what are termed spada ricurva and macharia that resemble the Greek falcata, and several straight blade swords from the late 4th century BC- early-to-mid-3rd century BC, that very much resemble the Gladius hispaniensis...
Quote:Our own Dan Diffendale has a wonderful site on pre-Roman italic artifacts [url:y2a329s9]http://web-facstaff.sas.upenn.edu/~dpd/italica/[/url] and there are several examples dated to the 4th century BC of what are termed spada ricurva and macharia that resemble the Greek falcata, and several straight blade swords from the late 4th century BC- early-to-mid-3rd century BC, that very much resemble the Gladius hispaniensis...

The reason being that they are La Tene I Celtic swords from which the Gladius Hispaniensis developed in Iberia.