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To: Antoninus
Here is a collection of Byzantine maces and war axes.

Byzantine Roman Collection

The war mace, already used from the Late Roman Army at least since the 3rd century AD, composed by a wooden shaft and a metallic head, was transformed in the middle age of Byzantium as the favorite weapon of the heavy armed cavalryman, used with devastating effects on the battlefields.


23 posted on 04/09/2011 3:38:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: TigersEye
Here is a collection of Byzantine maces and war axes.

How interesting. Thanks for the link!

I have never encountered a mention of Roman war maces in the documentary sources before the 7th century. Of course, axes are attested in pre-Byzantine Roman sources, but not as standard military issue from what I've seen. Based on the site you linked to, I have to assume they were still uncommon before the 7th century, though not non-existent. They seemed to be much more prevalent among the Germanic auxiliaries which would make sense.
28 posted on 04/10/2011 8:06:30 AM PDT by Antoninus (Fight the homosexual agenda. Support marriage -- www.nationformarriage.org)
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