from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Roman sword roughly two feet long.
- n. pen, the internal skeleton of squid made of chitin-like material
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The internal shell, or pen, of cephalopods like the squids.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The pen, calamary, sepiost, or cuttlebone of the squid; the horny endoskeleton of a cuttlefish. See cut under calamary.
Called the gladius, it was the classic weapon of the gladiator.
It would be a Roman short sword called a gladius, about 27 inches long, 2 and a half inches wide, weighing three pounds, with a tapered point for thrusting and two sharp edges for cutting.
Now, if it was a squid-like creature, there is a significant chance of finding the fossil remains of the squid pen, which as a fossil remain would be called the gladius.
In addition to the poetic narratives that had characterized Greek theater, Rome introduced athletic competition, especially that famous genre called gladius a short double-edged sword) in which two men would fight duels with military weapons.
“It is strongly suggested that P. gladius is on the verge of extinction,” the researchers wrote, “and further rigid measures are proposed to save the very few remaining specimens.”
Now another denizen, the Chinese paddlefish, Psephurus gladius — which measures up to 20 feet long and decades ago was commonly seen leaping above the waters — appears to be on the verge of extinction, if not already gone forever.
In the dark times ahead, the Times of the Never Ending Upheaval, I will shave with my close quarters weapon of choice, my gladius.
The warrior, the Legion, the gladius-thrust solution -- which has become the Predator and Reaper solution -- is no solution.
I wasn't surprised to learn that a large, heavy, straight sword of similar length and size to the Khanda sword called a spatha was used by Roman cavalry, and it relatively quickly replaced the gladius, especially among the officer class like Centurions.
The Rajput swordsman was also using his circular motions that are typical of Rajput martial arts, but he was turning around slowly, and if I could see a gladius blow opportunity after every strike he made, real life would surely bring such an opportunity.