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The Romans were terrified of the Dacians weapons. Their preferred sword was the single edged falcata: capable of severing limbs with a single blow. Perhaps their most dreaded weapon was the war scythe. The Romans had to adapt gladiator armor to counter it The Dacian war scythe was known as a falx; the falcata was a Spanish weapon. Dacian swords were short and doubled-edged, presumably based on the gladius or the xiphos.