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The book of the sword

Author: Richard Francis Burton, Sir
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, 1987.
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This book traces the origin of the sword from prehistory to its full growth during the early Roman Empire. The author discusses the earliest weapons of stone, bone, horn and wood as well as variations. The swords covered include the sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, foil, and rapier as well as a host of other arms, including dirks, daggers, throwing knives, flails, and more. The text is enhanced by nearly 300  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Francis Burton, Sir
ISBN: 0486254348 9780486254340
OCLC Number: 15631895
Notes: Originally published: London : Chatto and Windus, 1884.
Description: xxxv, 299 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: On the origin of weapons --
Man's first weapons : the stone and the stick; the earliest ages of weapons; the ages of wood, of bone, and of horn --
The weapons of the age of wood : the boomerang and the sword of wood; of stone, and of wood and stone combined --
The proto-chalcitic or copper age of weapons --
The second chalcitic age of alloys : bronze, brass, etc; the axe and the sword --
The proto-sideric or early iron age of weapons --
The sword : what is it? --
The sword in ancient Egypt and in modern Africa --
The sword in Khita-land; Palestine and Canaan; Phoenicia and Carthage; Jewry, Cyprus, Troy, and Etruria --
The sword in Babylonia, Assyria and Persia, and ancient India --
The sword in ancient Greece : Homer, Hesiod and Herodotus, Mycenae --
The sword in ancient Rome : the legion and the gladiator --
The sword amongst the barbarians (early Roman empire).
Responsibility: Richard F. Burton.
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This book traces the origin of the sword from prehistory to its full growth during the early Roman Empire. The author discusses the earliest weapons of stone, bone, horn and wood as well as variations. The swords covered include the sabre, broadsword, cutlass, scimitar, foil, and rapier as well as a host of other arms, including dirks, daggers, throwing knives, flails, and more. The text is enhanced by nearly 300 line drawings.

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