Product Description: This Roman Gladius Sword pin badge is made from lead-free pewter and is supplied on a pin with separate clasp. The Gladius sword was used by a number of different gladiators including hoplomachus, murmillo, provocator and secutor. The pin badge is mounted on an information card that has a Roman standard on the front with a key design down the sides. The card describes the origins of Rome on the reverse.
Information: Rome was originally a small town on the banks of the Tiber River in the west of Italy. Though Rome owed its prosperity to trade in the early years, it was war which would make the city a powerful force in the ancient world. The Roman army battled first against its tribal neighbours and Etruscan towns within Italy, and later came to dominate the Mediterranean and at its height the provinces of Britannia and Asia Minor.
With this conquest came new Roman laws, roads, architecture, coins, cloths and jewellery.