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|Place of origin||Ancient Rome, Italy as gladius|
|In service||3rd century BC – 3rd century AD|
|Used by||Roman foot soldiers during wars|
|Wars||Roman Republic and Roman Empire|
|Mass||0.7–1 kg (1.5–2.2 lb)|
|Length||60–85 cm (24–33 in)|
|Blade length||45–68 cm (18–27 in)|
|Width||5–7 cm (2.0–2.8 in)|
|Blade type||steel of varying degrees of carbon content, pointed, double-edged|
|Hilt type||Wood, bronze or ivory|
A gladius is a Roman short sword mainly used by gladiators and soldiers in Ancient Rome.
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