For hundreds of years the Roman Coliseum echoed with the sounds of clashing swords and the screams of the dying and the triumphant. Prisoners from conquered lands, criminals, persecuted Christians, and professional warriors...all competed in savage battles to satisfy the bloodlust of the Roman mob and provide for its daily amusement. This sword would have been right at home in such a violent place! Patterned after the gladius used by Roman soldiers, this piece measures 30 3/4" overall and offers a 22 1/8" stainless steel blade with two massive blood grooves. This sword features a hardwood handle accented with brass spacers and includes genuine leather sheath. Great item for the historical collector!