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ἀκινάκης). A Persian sword, short, straight, and thus differing from the Roman sica, which was curved. It was worn on the right side, whereas the Greeks and Romans wore their swords on the left. A golden acinaces was frequently given to individuals as a mark of honour. The accompanying illustration is from the bas-relief found

Acinaces, or Persian Sword.

at Persepolis. The god Mithras (q.v.) is frequently represented with the acinaces.

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