Alexander the Great Sword by Marto

Alexander the Great was the King of Macedonia from 336 - 323 BC. He was less than 20 years old when he ascended the throne. In a series of great battles he defeated Greece`s old enemy, Achaemenid Persia. This gold finished sword honors one of the ancient world`s greatest warrior kings. This type of sword is commonly called a hoplite sword, named after the heavily armed Greek foot-soldier of the classical period. The hoplite sword was essentially a slashing weapon and was generally worn slung from a baldric over the right shoulder so that it hung almost horizontally on the left. Alexander the Great is shown with a sword of this type in a period mosaic from Pompeii. [Early Period Swords from Marto] [Tuscany Trading Co.]