Pilum (javelin)

The pilum (javelin) is a common weapon used by the Roman Army. A legionnaire traditionally carries a pilum (as well as a gladius and a shield).

It is about two meters long, and has an iron shank (about 1 cm wide) and about 60 cms long. The iron shank has a barbed triangular tip. It is attatched to the wooden staff of the javelin.

The aim of a pilum was to bend when it hit the enemies shields (on impact), thus making it unuseable for the enemy.

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