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GLADIUS. In our old Latin authors, and in the Norman laws, this word was used to signify supreme jurisdiction, jus gladii.

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The crossed sword and pen was out, and in its place was a gold-colored "balance" or scale, which rested on the point of a one-inch high silver Roman sword with a gold grip.
Arab, Persian and Roman sword makers believed that there was a secret to forging Damascus swords, and attempted to replicate it in vain.
ROBIN Hood favourite Sam Troughton has traded in his longbow and Sherwood Forest for a Roman sword and the leafy Warwickshire countryside.
n leftShow organiser the Rev Mike Smith shows Kirklees deputy mayor Mary Harkin a gladius, or Roman sword n right:Bob Armitage of Lindley Evangelical Church with the vicar of Huddersfield, the Rev Catherine Ogle
For example, in Ather- stone, I think the map shows spiky Roman swords, which relates to the town's history.