The Roman thrusting spear or hasta was carried in battle from the ninth century BCE to the fall of the Western Empire in CE 476. This Roman spear was a 6 ½ foot ash pole topped with a 6 inch iron spearhead. For 1200 years the Roman army integrated the Roman spear throughout its formations.
Foundations of the Roman Army (800 BCE - 315 BCE) Early Roman warriors used thrusting spears in intra-tribal battles. By 315 BCE an early Roman infantry overthrew the Etruscan occupation using Greek hoplite tactics carrying spears and shields.
The Spear of Longinus.
According to New Testament accounts, a Roman soldier pierced the side of Jesus with a spear. Tradition names him Longinus. The spear was most likely a Roman hasta. In the early Church, this spear became a religious relic. By the fourth century, the Byzantine Emperor Constantine the Great gave his mother, Helena, unlimited funds to locate relics of the early Christian Church.
From CE 426 to 428, Helena traveled to the holy places in Judea.
In Jerusalem, Helena oversaw the excavation of a Roman temple built over the Tomb of Jesus. According to tradition, holy relics found included the true cross, the nails of Christ's crucifixion, and the Spear of Longinus.
This historical set includes a resin reproduction of an ancient Roman Spear Head that was a symbol of Roman power for over 1200 years!
Made in the USA. Comes attached to an 5" x 7" Informational Card.
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