• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pilum pī′lum the heavy javelin used by Roman foot-soldiers
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

As soon as the Roman had darted his pilum, he drew his sword, and rushed forwards to close with the enemy.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 1" by Edward Gibbon
The pilum is a stout wooden shaft 41 feet long, with an iron spit about three feet long fixed in it.
"Caesar and Cleopatra" by George Bernard Shaw
The select infantry were armed with a long spear and a shield; the rest, with a pilum.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume III" by John Lord
Sextus legatus pilum longum portat.
"Latin for Beginners" by Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge
The whole of the legionaries were armed and equipped in the same manner, all being now furnished with the pilum.
"A Smaller History of Rome" by William Smith and Eugene Lawrence
Driven, at last, within the rails, as went the saying, there was no room in all that weltering mass to use the sword, much less the pilum.
"The Lion's Brood" by Duffield Osborne
The pilum was sometimes used at close quarters, but more commonly it was thrown.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The pilum could be hurled as a javelin with great effect.
"Great Inventions and Discoveries" by Willis Duff Piercy
Flaccus stood within twenty paces of her and leveled a pilum at her breast!
"Saul of Tarsus" by Elizabeth Miller