Three Roman pugios with (from left to right) the famous Leeuwen pugio with a type A sheath, type B tang, and type B blade. Next is a type A blade with a broken grip, and the last is a heavily decorated pugio with a type A sheath and type B blade.
In Rome fasces represented the power of certain magistrates who could order the beating of a criminal. The judges assistants, called licteurs, did the work with sticks. These fasces became the symbol of union and accord.
The tombstone of a centurion, Colchester Castle Museum, Camulodunum (Roman Colchester) Here is Marcus Favonius Facilis, a Roman army officer of Legion XX. MARCUS FAVONIUS FACILIS SON OF MARCUS OF THE POLLIAN TRIBE CENTURION OF THE TWENTIETH LEGION VERECUNDUD AND NOVICIUS HIS FREEDMEN SET UP THIS HERE HE LIES Foto: carolemadge1