-- Fuscina
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Time Period: 3rd century BC to 4th century AD
Location: Rome
Common Construction: Bronze or Iron

The fuscina is a type of trident used by the retiarius in the gladiatorial arena. He also used a net and was typically matched against the secutor armed with a gladius and scutum.

Mismatches like this were very common in Roman gladiatorial games to create a more dramatic encounter. If the retiarus was able to ensnare the secutor's shield or sword, then he was very likely to win with his longer range weapon. However if he lost the net, then the secutor was easily able to close the distance where the fuscina's length became a liability.

BCE 01st Century, BCE 02nd Century, BCE 03rd Century, CE 01st Century, CE 02nd Century, CE 03rd Century, CE 04th Century, Gladiator, History, Rome, Spear, Weapon

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