From Dagger to Sword. Some Reflections on the Development of Early Swords in the Aegean, Anatolia and the Levant
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The author discusses the development of early thrusting swords in the Bronze Age Aegean (Types A and B) and their Anatolian and Levantine counterparts. Both in the Aegean and the Near East continuous developments produced almost simultaneously similar types of thrusting sword, but there is no reason to assume that the Anatolian or Levantine types had any appreciable influence in the Aegean and vice versa. Arguments for the Aegean pedigree of the Type A sword follow. The flanged-hilted type B sword was introduced not to replace that of Type A, but as a result of developments in fencing. It is argued for the integrated use of the long Type A sword and the Type B dirk or sword; in a set of two swords the latter had probably the function of an auxiliary weapon intended, first of all, for parrying a blow.
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