Ridylls of the King
The spatha is used in war and in gladiatorial fights. The spatha first appeared in the Roman Empire in the first century AD as a weapon used by Germanic auxiliaries and gradually became a standard heavy infantry weapon, relegating the gladius to use as a light infantry weapon. The spatha replaced the gladius in the front ranks, giving the infantry more reach when thrusting. While the infantry version has a long point, versions carried by the cavalry have a rounded tip that prevented accidental stabbing of the cavalryman’s foot.