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Roman Gladius - Identity?
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Hello Folks,

Please forgive me if this question has been asked and answered already.

A certain replica of what is called a "Gladiator's Sword of Pompeii" has gained some media attention lately.
I would like to know if an original of this sword/Gladius is known to exist, and what its background is.
I am hoping your knowledge and expertise can enlighten me.  Thank you in advance.


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#2
Not Roman. Probably made a couple of years ago in China.
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#3
I think this has been covered extensively (and with some mirth) on various media sites about the web. For example:

http://www.andywhiteanthropology.com/blo...ther-sword

http://www.ebay.it/itm/PARTICOLARE-SCULT...1746768453
Francis Hagan

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I believe it is associated with a "History" channel person named Pulitzer who was making outrageous claims about this being found on Oak Island in the US, rewriting history. And other nonsense. Charlatan.
Richard Campbell
Legio XX - Alexandria, Virginia
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(12-19-2015, 01:06 PM)richsc Wrote: I believe it is associated with a "History" channel person named Pulitzer who was making outrageous claims about this being found on Oak Island in the US, rewriting history. And other nonsense. Charlatan.

Near as we can figure out, he -- or, to give the benefit of the doubt, his unnamed informant -- bought one and concocted a story to go with it.  But his is just one of several currently being touted as genuine artifacts.
Dan D'Silva

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(12-19-2015, 02:39 PM)Dan D Wrote: Near as we can figure out, he -- or, to give the benefit of the doubt, his unnamed informant -- bought one and concocted a story to go with it.  But his is just one of several currently being touted as genuine artifacts.

Perhaps his 'unnamed informant' is someone who is also in posession of a similar sword, an object which would gain a lot of value if the story had been believed. Curiously enough, I know a 'collector' who own such a sword.. I think he once was a member of this forum. Wink
But of course, the 'unnamed informant' will most probably remain anonymous forever. Some mysteries will forever remain unsolved.
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Somewhere on Facebook, perhaps on RAT, I gave the totally authentic history of how these "Roman" swords reached North America, carried by a Lost Tribe of Roxolani who took a wrong turn on the River Ister and reached Maine... where an entire collection of these swords is now on display at the Boothbay Harbor Roman Sword Museum. Angel
Alan J. Campbell

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Well I think some poor dodgy artifact copier is genuinely selling these as genuine fakes .-)
Ivor

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