In ancient Roman times the Gladius short sword was by far the most popular weapon used by professional soldiers as well as slave warriors in the arena. It was often paired with a small shield like this one to help parry melee blows in close quarter combat.
If you ask an avid cosplayer they will tell you that the right props and accessories will take your cool costume to a whole new level. So, if you are planning to look like a real Roman soldier or a gladiator who is ready to enter the colosseum’s fighting pits, then you need a Gladiator Combat Shield & Sword combo like this one. Best of all, they can even be stowed as a single piece. Just bear in mind that these are meant to be used as costume props. They aren’t designed for LARPing. The Shield is 18" in diameter.