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Historical Weapons : The Xiphos

August 18, 2019


the Xiphox the Xiphos was a double-edged
one-handed weapon used by the ancient Greeks this sword was primarily used as
a secondary weapon for the Greek armies if their primary weapon the Dori spear
was broken or lost the classic zyphus was usually around 50 to 60 centimetres
long although the Spartans preferred a
shorter version of the blade often leaf-shaped the sword would be
strengthened by a midrib the midrib was a large strengthened diamond shape
running along the midline of the sword these IFAs leaf shaped design meant that
it lent itself to both cutting and frosting the design of this sword most
likely had been in existence since the appearance of the first swords this was
because blades in bronze and iron are suitable police shaped designs due to
the softness of the metals in comparison to steel bronze swords can also be cast
and thus are easier to form into a leaf shape than an iron sword indeed early
sizes were blond swords and it was only in the Classical period that they were
made of iron these leaf shaped swords were not
however limited to Greece as many other leaf shaped weapons can be found
throughout Europe in the late bronze age Bronze Age leaf shaped swords were
common in the urn field culture with the early Latin era replacing the bronze
with iron as a majority of these leaf shaped swords were made of iron
not many of these swords survived as iron tends to severely rust over the
years whilst a majority of bronze swords aged fairly well as a result much more
is known about the Bronze Age era leaf shaped swords than the iron ones thank
you for watching and listening comment down below what type of
historical weapons you would like to see next be sure to LIKE comment and
subscribe I’ve been the ancient history guy and as always I’ll be seeing you
later

25 Comments

  • Reply Ancient History Guy January 7, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    Comment down below what Historical Weapons you would like to see next and ill add them to the list! 😀

  • Reply Archduke Tunafish January 7, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    Bronze Age rapier?

  • Reply D IDK January 7, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Why not use a croissant?

  • Reply Sérgio Vieira January 7, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Nice video as always! Since you are on the subject of Greek weapons, how about the Machaira next? Or, do a video about the most iconic sword of Antiquity, THE GLADIUS!

  • Reply Adam Orlowski January 7, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    very good friend

  • Reply Strategos January 7, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    you could make a video about rhomphaia an the falx

  • Reply Quizaro Robzaqu January 7, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Aye you can do I video Falchion and Messers. I have be studying sword for about 2 years. Ypur vids are pretty accurate but the visuals are bit ofc

  • Reply ĐÆÑÖRĮŅ ŚŰØŘŽƏÑÆMŮŠ January 7, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Just a wee correction, its pronounced with an x sound as in fo X

  • Reply Fun History January 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm

    Why not the rapier ?
    I have one on display in my room

  • Reply Phil R January 7, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Some weapons rust, but not you! As alays a very pleasant vid to follow, great job!!

  • Reply panoC97 January 7, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    It's pronounced ''ksee-fos'' not ''zai-phos'' btw.

  • Reply Chrispol January 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    It is pronounced with an X not a z. It is the ksifos or else ξίφος

  • Reply Roy Harel January 7, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Greek Helmets

  • Reply History House Productions January 7, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    The spinny sword guy gets major props for being dope.

  • Reply Celtic Templar January 7, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Still love your videos man, they keep people in the know of what equipment was like in the ancient eras. And I cant wait to see your videos on the Greek Belly Bow, or as well as the Germanic Seax.

  • Reply Marc Loui Rivero January 7, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    How about siege weapons?

  • Reply Thirdtrys Acharm January 7, 2019 at 11:46 pm

    I vote for a video on the sarissa.

  • Reply Crowsy King January 8, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Ancient Slings used by Rhodians and Macedonians

  • Reply Ignace Jespers January 16, 2019 at 2:00 am

    How about a Polish Koncerz? It's a bit stretching the 'ancient' part though, but is quite fascinating

  • Reply Tyler NICH0S January 28, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Katana perhaps? It would be cool to see some japanese weapons. Keep up the great work btw!

  • Reply Wolf Lord Hardahat March 18, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    The dacian falx!
    Or the viking era sword (frank?)

  • Reply Aaron Puckett April 24, 2019 at 5:31 am

    Wow. This "Historical Weapons" series appears to be a fucking audio version of Wikipedia articles with little animations to go with. Why don't you just keep drawing and get someone who can bring forth the information in THEIR OWN words on the subject instead of rattling shit off from the beginning of a wikipedia page. I guess all the effort goes into the animation? It fucking has to, because the effort for conveying the info is close to zilch. It's just shamefully lazy when you have to damn near copy the first few sentences on a Wikipedia article and put your drawings behind it to call it yours.

  • Reply Chris Stamatis May 4, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Today, in Greece, we use the word "Xiphos" or "Spathi" to describe any sword 🙂
    I love your videos and I can't really find any mistake! Great job!

  • Reply Chris Campbell May 16, 2019 at 7:31 am

    Another fucking epic history channel to sub to sweet lol thanks ancient history guy!!!

  • Reply Aoki Aoki June 4, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/75/Ares_Ludovisi_Altemps_Inv8602_n2.jpg/500px-Ares_Ludovisi_Altemps_Inv8602_n2.jpg

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