"A Persian sword, whence Horace speaks of the <em>Medus acinaces.</em> The acinaces was a short and straight weapon; and thus differed from the Roman <em>sica,</em> which was curved. It was worn on the right side of the body, whereas the Greeks and Romans usually had their swords suspended on the left side. The form of the acinaces, with the mode of wearing it, is illustrated by the by the following Persepolitan figures." &mdash; Smith, 1873

Acinaces

"A Persian sword, whence Horace speaks of the Medus acinaces. The acinaces was a short and…

Knight wearing Allecret armor

Allecret armor

Knight wearing Allecret armor

A knight wearing Allecret armor, which was typically worn by the Swiss in the 16th century.

Allecret Armor

A knight wearing Allecret armor, which was typically worn by the Swiss in the 16th century.

"And after Antiochus had ravaged Egypt in the hundred and forty-third year, he returned and went up against Israel. And he went up to Jerusalem with a great multitude. And he proudly entered into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof, and the table of proposition, and the pouring vessels, and the vials, and the little mortars of gold, and the veil, and the crowns, and the golden ornament that was before the temple: and he broke them all in pieces." 1 Maccabees 1:21-23 DRA
<p>Illustration of Antiochus IV in the temple in Jerusalem. Engraving by William Colley Wrankmore.

Antiochus in the Temple

"And after Antiochus had ravaged Egypt in the hundred and forty-third year, he returned and went up…

The Seal of the State of Arkansas. The seal shows Mercy, a bald eagle holding a shield, and the sword of justice.

Seal of Arkansas

The Seal of the State of Arkansas. The seal shows Mercy, a bald eagle holding a shield, and the sword…

"Complete Armor of 1195-1205."-Whitney, 1902

Armor

"Complete Armor of 1195-1205."-Whitney, 1902

"Armor and Equipment for man and horse, about 1290."-Whitney, 1902

Armor

"Armor and Equipment for man and horse, about 1290."-Whitney, 1902

"Complete Armor, about 1395"-Whitney, 1902

Armor

"Complete Armor, about 1395"-Whitney, 1902

"Complete suit of Plate-Armor, now in Paris, date about 1440- the epoch of greatest perfection of defensive arms."-Whitney, 1902

Armor

"Complete suit of Plate-Armor, now in Paris, date about 1440- the epoch of greatest perfection of defensive…

A pile of armor pieces including a helm, spears, and maces.

A Knight's Armor

A pile of armor pieces including a helm, spears, and maces.

"At the command <em>attention</em> resume the order saber and the position of the soldier." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Attention

"At the command attention resume the order saber and the position of the soldier." —…

"In the Brave Days of Old." &mdash;Bulfinch, 1897

Roman battle

"In the Brave Days of Old." —Bulfinch, 1897

(672-754) Saint Boniface was the Apostle of the Germans, born Winfrid or Wynfrith, was a missionary who propogated Christianity in the Frankish Empire during the 8th century. He was murdered in Frisia.

Saint Boniface

(672-754) Saint Boniface was the Apostle of the Germans, born Winfrid or Wynfrith, was a missionary…

An illustration of a boy wearing a hat and holding a sword while playing with a group of dogs.

Boy with Hat & Sword Playing with Dogs

An illustration of a boy wearing a hat and holding a sword while playing with a group of dogs.

"Brass Armor of Sir John de Creke." &mdash; The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Brass Armor

"Brass Armor of Sir John de Creke." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"Brass Armor of Sir John de Foxley." &mdash; The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Brass Armor

"Brass Armor of Sir John de Foxley." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"Brass Armor of Sir John Lisle at Thruxton." &mdash; The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Brass Armor

"Brass Armor of Sir John Lisle at Thruxton." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"Leaf-shaped bronze sword." &mdash; The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

Bronze Sword

"Leaf-shaped bronze sword." — The Encyclopedia Britannica, 1910

"The chivalry of the gothic nations began in the woods of Germany. No youth was then permitted to assume arms, at that time the geat privilege of the noble and the free, at his own pleasure. It was made a social rank, to which it was necessary that the aspiring candidates should be elected in the public councils of their rude commonwealth; and the emulated distinction was then solemnly conferred by the prince, or a kinsman, giving them a javelin and a shield. In these customs we see the origin of knighthood." &mdash; Goodrich, 1844

Chivalry and knight-errantry

"The chivalry of the gothic nations began in the woods of Germany. No youth was then permitted to assume…

A name given to a broadsword made to be used with one hand, and closely resembling the cuirassiers's broadsword of the seventeenth century in England.

Claymore

A name given to a broadsword made to be used with one hand, and closely resembling the cuirassiers's…

"Determined to save his own country at the expense of his own life, Codrus disguised himself in a peasant's dress, entered the Peloponnesian camp, and provoked a quarrel with a soldier, by whom he was killed." &mdash; Goodrich, 1844

Codrus slain

"Determined to save his own country at the expense of his own life, Codrus disguised himself in a peasant's…

Image depicting a mythical moral anecdote, consisting of two morals. The first that regardless of who wears the crown, they are bound to have threats sent their way. The second is that the threat of terrorism is much greater than the act itself.

Banquet of Damocles

Image depicting a mythical moral anecdote, consisting of two morals. The first that regardless of who…

A stabbing weapon; a dagger.

Dirk

A stabbing weapon; a dagger.

A boy in battle with a ferocious dragon.

Dragon Slayer

A boy in battle with a ferocious dragon.

"Cadmus and the Dragon. (From a vase-painting at Naples.)" &mdash; The Delphian Society, 1913

Cadmus and the Dragon

"Cadmus and the Dragon. (From a vase-painting at Naples.)" — The Delphian Society, 1913

"A Bolo is a short, broad, lance-shaped weapon; used by the Filiinos in their operations against the American troops. The blade is about 18 inches in length by nearly 3 inches in breadth at its broadest dimension. It tapers from the middle toward the haft as well as toward the point, making it strongly resemble the ancient short sword. It is not double edged, however, but tapers from a thick back to an extremely keen edge. In April 1904, the United States troops operating in the Philippines, were supplied with bolos."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Filipino Bolo

"A Bolo is a short, broad, lance-shaped weapon; used by the Filiinos in their operations against the…

"A Bolo is a short, broad, lance-shaped weapon; used by the Filiinos in their operations against the American troops. The blade is about 18 inches in length by nearly 3 inches in breadth at its broadest dimension. It tapers from the middle toward the haft as well as toward the point, making it strongly resemble the ancient short sword. It is not double edged, however, but tapers from a thick back to an extremely keen edge. In April 1904, the United States troops operating in the Philippines, were supplied with bolos."&mdash;(Charles Leonard-Stuart, 1911)

Filipino Bolo Sheath

"A Bolo is a short, broad, lance-shaped weapon; used by the Filiinos in their operations against the…

Order give to soldiers instructing them to attach their bayonets to the end of their rifles.

Fix Bayonet

Order give to soldiers instructing them to attach their bayonets to the end of their rifles.

A crossing US flag and sword with a sun in the background.

Flag and Sun

A crossing US flag and sword with a sun in the background.

A Roman foot soldier.

Roman foot soldier

A Roman foot soldier.

French soldier of the sixteenth century

French soldier of the sixteenth century

French soldier of the sixteenth century

Women playing a lyre.

Greek border

Women playing a lyre.

"Two to four feet long, of a shiny silvery color; called <em>ribbon-fish</em> on our coast, and <em>sword-fish</em> of Jamaica." &mdash; Goodrich, 1859

Silvery Hairtail

"Two to four feet long, of a shiny silvery color; called ribbon-fish on our coast, and sword-fish

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 &ndash; June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States (1829&ndash;1837).

Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson (March 15, 1767 – June 8, 1845) was the seventh President of the United States…

"But Holofernes lay on his bed, fast asleep, being exceedingly drunk. And Judith spoke to her maid to stand without before the chamber, and to watch: And Judith stood before the bed praying with tears, and the motion of her lips in silence, Saying: Strengthen me, O Lord God of Israel, and in this hour look on the works of my hands, that as thou hast promised, thou mayst raise up Jerusalem thy city: and that I may bring to pass that which I have purposed, having a belief that it might be done by thee. And when she had said this, she went to the pillar that was at his bed's head, and loosed his sword that hung tied upon it. And when she had drawn it out, she took him by the hair of his head, and said: Strengthen me, O Lord God, at this hour." Judith 13:4-9 DRA
<p>Having taken Holofernes' sword in hand, Judith stands by his bed before she beheads him. Her maid acts as lookout.

Judith Prepares to Behead Holofernes

"But Holofernes lay on his bed, fast asleep, being exceedingly drunk. And Judith spoke to her maid to…

Justice

Justice

Justice

Servant kneels before king.

King

Servant kneels before king.

"The Knight, Death, and the Devil." &mdash;D'Anvers, 1895

Knight

"The Knight, Death, and the Devil." —D'Anvers, 1895

Heavily armored knights engaged in battle.

Knights Armor

Heavily armored knights engaged in battle.

The design on the hilt of General Lafayette's sword.

Design on the Hilt of Lafayette's Sword

The design on the hilt of General Lafayette's sword.

The design on the obverse side of General Lafayette's sword.

Design on the Obverse Side of Lafayette's Sword

The design on the obverse side of General Lafayette's sword.

In Norse mythology, there is a war between the Winilers and the Vandals. Odin takes the side of the Vandals and his wife Frigga takes the side of the Winilers. Odin says he will help whoever he sees first the next morning. Frigga makes a plan that the women tie their long hair under their chins like a beard to disguise themselves as men and she moves the bed so Odin faces the window the women are standing near. He names them Long-Beards (Lombards) and helps them to victory.

Lombard Woman

In Norse mythology, there is a war between the Winilers and the Vandals. Odin takes the side of the…

Confederate and Union forces clash at Lookout Mountain.

Battle of Lookout Mountain

Confederate and Union forces clash at Lookout Mountain.

An illustration of an adult man holding a sword in each hand.

Man Holding Swords

An illustration of an adult man holding a sword in each hand.

A heavily armored man with a sword, shield and spear.

Man with Spear

A heavily armored man with a sword, shield and spear.

A strange little man wearing a jacket, leggings, and pointy shoes holding a sword and a lantern. There is a rat with a long tail sitting above him.

Shocked Man Looking at a Smaller Man

A strange little man wearing a jacket, leggings, and pointy shoes holding a sword and a lantern. There…

A strange little man wearing a jacket, leggings, and pointy shoes holding a sword and a lantern. There is a rat with a long tail sitting above him.

Strange Little Man

A strange little man wearing a jacket, leggings, and pointy shoes holding a sword and a lantern. There…

In the story of Balin and Balan, the image depicts the damsel removing her mantle in front of King Arthur and his followers.

The Damsel Let Fall Her Mantle

In the story of Balin and Balan, the image depicts the damsel removing her mantle in front of King Arthur…

"Now as he left off speaking these words, there came a certain Jew in the sight of all to sacrifice to the idols upon the altar in the city of Modin, according to the king's commandment. And Mathathias saw and was grieved, and his reins trembled, and his wrath was kindled according to the judgment of the law, and running upon him he slew him upon the altar: Moreover the man whom king Antiochus had sent, who compelled them to sacrifice, he slew at the same time, and pulled down the altar." 1 Maccabees 2:23-25 DRA
<p>Mathathias holds sword after slaying the Jew who had sacrificed to the idols in the city of Modin.

Mathathias Slays the Man Who Sacrificed to Idols

"Now as he left off speaking these words, there came a certain Jew in the sight of all to sacrifice…

An illustration of the Mohammedan emblems.

Mohammedan Emblem

An illustration of the Mohammedan emblems.

Pirate carving name into a tree trunk.

Pirates

Pirate carving name into a tree trunk.

"POMMELLED. The pommel of the sword is the round ball or knob at the end of the hilt of a sword." -Hall, 1862

Pommelled

"POMMELLED. The pommel of the sword is the round ball or knob at the end of the hilt of a sword." -Hall,…

English regalia

English regalia

English regalia

In rendering honors with the troops officers execute the first motion of the salute at the command <em>present</em>, the second motion at the command <em>arms</em>; enlisted men with the saber execute the first motion at the command <em>arms</em> and omit the second motion." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Rendering honors

In rendering honors with the troops officers execute the first motion of the salute at the command present,…

"When arms are brought to the order the officers or enlisted men with the saber drawn <em>order saber</em>." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Drawn saber

"When arms are brought to the order the officers or enlisted men with the saber drawn order saber."…

"In marching in double time the saber is carried diagonally across the breast, edge to the front; the left hand steadies the scabbard." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Marching with saber

"In marching in double time the saber is carried diagonally across the breast, edge to the front; the…

An officer facing forward, with a saber.

Officer with saber

An officer facing forward, with a saber.

"On foot the scabbard is carried hooked up." &mdash; Moss, 1914

Sheathed saber

"On foot the scabbard is carried hooked up." — Moss, 1914

The sabre is type of sword that has a single blade. This sabre is a cavalry dress sword that is curved and made out of steel. It is engraved with scenes of cavalry men with their horses.

Sabre

The sabre is type of sword that has a single blade. This sabre is a cavalry dress sword that is curved…

Saxon military costume

Saxon military costume

Saxon military costume