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Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks
This is misleading. Very short swords are in regular use at least since the late archaic times. Many examples survive from the late 6th century in Macedonia, and even in the BM there is one supposedly coming from Marathon. Of course this doesn't mean that it dated from the battle of Marathon, but it's scabbard typology at least point to a middle classical time.

The short swords from archeology can be as short as 30 cm.

Giannis K. Hoplite
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RE: Phalanx warfare: Closing of the ranks - by Giannis K. Hoplite - 09-17-2016, 07:39 AM

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