I am a spearman, but I prefer the North spear and the pilum.
The day of the sword and pilum had given place to that of the lance and bow.
Romano pilum haud paulo quam hasta vehementius ictu missuque telum.
I have heard that he casteth the pilum even better than do other Romans.
pilum, pī′lum, n. the heavy javelin used by Roman foot-soldiers:—pl.
Piliferous, bearing a slender bristle or hair (pilum), or beset with hairs.
The pilum was the Roman pike, and the spatha the short single-edged Roman sword.
He goes to pick up his pilum and returns to his place with it.
(Turning to Ftatateeta) Come within a yard of me, you old crocodile; and I will give you this (the pilum) in your jaws.
The Roman pilum was a casting spear with a heavy steel head, nine inches long.