I agree that there are a lot of similarities, but this item is grouped
with a selection of Dacian weapons.
It could be a bill hook mis-placed in a museum exhibit, I guess.
Anyway here's the whole picture I took it from.
Basically the Dacians used a lot of nasty hooked items.
A lot of weapons also had agricultural heritage.
Oh and I will be making a falx that you can see at the top of the same
Guy K> That's not a weapon, it's a billhook, surely?
from Chilla contains these words:
I suspect that a fair few weapons of that era (and earlier) were adapted
from agricultural implements since a lot of the soldiers and probably
most of the smiths came from agricultural backgrounds and didn't have
the wit or the interest to reinvent the hacker-on-a-stick device.
Poking-thing-on-a-stick wasn't really something peasants needed a lot of
so I suppose the spear probably has its root in hunting and soldiering.
The curved "sword" in that picture looks awfully like it's designed for
Absolutely correct. The falx is a powerful weapon.
A side note: although a blades rotation speed is the same, the point of
a blade moves faster than at the grip, it's why a wheel goes faster on
its circumference than at it origin.
"Speed = velocity x distance traveled."
The Romans had two wars with the Dacians.
The first time the Romans fought the Dacians a lot of Roman limbs were
ripped off, a very effective weapon. Most of the Dacian weapons
depicted on Trajans Column have a wicked curve to them.
The second war the Romans came prepared, this is why Romans were so
effective they adapted (sort of an Ancient equivalent to the Borg).
Anyway the second Roman-Dacian wars saw the Roman soldiers covered in
gladiator armour, legs and arms were covered in segmented iron. The
Dacians were conquered.
Having relatives that had large estates in old England when the Norse
or the 'French' would come to fight - they were double handed sword men.
Some workers used whatever they had to stop / kill / disable
the 'Rape Pillage Plunder' types.
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