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The Roman Legions, at the peak of their power, conquered what we now know as England, Spain, France, most of Germany, Eastern Europe, the northern coast of Africa, the Middle East and Greece. Between 5000 and 6000 legionaries made up a legion. Legionnaires were trained to fight in a disciplined and coordinated manner.
The Roam Legions are recognized by historians as an extremely effective fighting machine. Ironically, Rome's success also led to its downfall.
All Roman artifacts we sell are genuine and meet our fastidious criteria for authenticity. They are accurately described here and are sold as such.
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1st - 3rd Century A.D.
This Roman Fibula is the pin that the Romans used to hold their togas together. The face of the fibula has an interesting olive branch design on it. The pin is intact and in great, working condition. It is made of cast bronze.
It measures 2-1/2"
Roman Legions marched eastward through Europe and Eastern Europe to conquer that part of the world over a period lasting for several centuries. The Corona Aurea (Gold Crown) was awarded to both Centurions for killing an enemy in single combat and holding the ground to the end of the battle
The laurel tree was the symbol of Apollo and each laurel leaf in the crown was made of gold. However, the highest military decoration was not a golden crown, but the siege crown (corona obsidionalis). It was made of grass or other vegetation and was awarded to the officer responsible for defeating an enemy army.
This artifact is a single gold leaf from a Corona Aurea. The exquisite detail shows all the veins in the leaf as if a real laurel leaf were lightly encased in gold. It measures approx. 2" long.
This solid gold artifact is extremely rare and is of museum quality.
Roman, socketed, iron arrowhead was dug in Moesia, which was a province of the Roman empire located in the Balkan peninsula.
Moesia was conquered by Marcus Licinius Crassus
(grandson of the famous triumvir) in 30–28 BC
and it became a Roman province in AD
This leaf shaped, flat arrowhead has rust from being buried underground for almost 2000 years yet it is still a very good specimen. It is approximately 3 inches long. A penny is shown for size comparison.
Circa 100-400 AD.
is another Roman iron arrowhead that was dug in Moesia.
It has a triangular, flat blade and is socketed. This Roman arrowhead is almost 2000 years old and is rusted and has some flaking. These small blades would cause further damage to flesh and blood vessels by increasing the amount of cutting. The highest chance of serious or deadly injury would be if the point hit a vital organ or major blood vessel. The small cross section of the head would only cause fatality in a non-vital area by causing infection, which is quite likely with heads probably not clean. It measures approximately 4". A penny is shown for size comparison.
Circa 100-400 AD.
socketed Roman arrowhead has a beautiful triangular shape with a tapered
neck. The iron has rusted and is flaking due to it's
age. This arrowhead is a marvelous example of the craftsmanship
involved in producing it. It was dug in Bulgaria. It is
approximately 3" long. A penny is shown for size comparison.
Circa 100-400 AD.
Roman arrowhead is a socketed trilobate arrowhead. The
advantage of iron trilobate heads over the other forms is that it acts with a nasty extra function. The bladed heads, once removed
left a flat slit of a wound which the muscles surrounding the wound would help
to close by automatically contracting. The more pronounced blades of the iron trilobate would cause cutting in three directions, plus a punch hole, causing the same reflex muscle action to hold the wound open. This would inhibit clotting, allowing blood to flow freely from the wound and make it much more open to infection.
It was dug in the area of Bulgaria that what was once known
as Moesia. It is approximately 1-3/4" long, a
penny is shown for size comparison.
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rare 1st - 4th century A.D. Roman fire starter with tinder and flint
Tinder is a dried flammable substance prepared from huge tree mushrooms, used for obtaining fire from a spark. Flint is a stone that makes sparks in large numbers when hit over the fire starter in the direction of the tinder.
Fire starters were also used as a tool to make arrowheads, knives & scrapers. This Roman fire starter was found in Bulgaria. It measures 3 inches long and is approx. 1-1/2 inches high.
|Ancient Roman oil lamps were small, typically made of terra cotta, and were used
in North Africa by peasants serving the Roman Empire to produce artificial light. They were fueled by olive
2nd - 4th century A.D.