Spatha vs. Gladius


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The gladius and spatha were both weapons of what kind?

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1. What was the biggest difference between the gladius and the spatha?

2. The Romans found inspiration for both the gladius and spatha in the weapons of opponents fighting where?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Answer these questions to make sure you know about the Roman gladius and spatha. See if you can identify the key differences and uses for these two weapons.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions you'll test your knowledge of:

  • The main difference between these two weapons
  • Which weapon was only used during the Roman Empire
  • The type of weapons these were

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the material, such as what applications the spatha was best suited for
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the origins of these two weapons in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding what kind of weapon both the gladius and spatha were

Additional Learning

You can learn more about these famous Roman weapons by reading the lesson titled Spatha vs. Gladius. It explores:

  • The latin name of each of these weapons
  • What happened to the gladius after the fall of Rome
  • The designed use of the gladius