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Rhompaea, Romphaea

ῥομφαία), and Rumpia. A military weapon peculiar to the Thracians (Gell. x. 25); but whether belonging to the class of swords or of spears is a matter of doubt, though the latter seems the more probable. At all events, it was characterized by prodigious length (Livy, xxxi. 29), and by having, like the Roman pilum, a wooden shaft of the same dimensions as the iron head affixed to it (Val. Flacc. vi. 98).

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