The Thraex was a gladiator fighting style representing the Thracian enemies of the Roman Republic. The style was adopted two hundred years before the begining of the Roman Empire as a replacement for the Gallus style, when Gaul became part of the Roman Empire thus making it 'politically incorrect' to portray allies as enemies.


The Thraex is armed with:

  • Sica: A curved thrusting sword.
  • Parmula: A rectangular shield, half the size of the scutum.
  • Manica: Cotton or metal segments tied onto the striking arm for protection.
  • Griffin Helmet: A helmet with a small griffin on the top, resembling a Thracian deity.

Fighting Technique

The Thraex fighting style was suited for men who had long and toned bodies, resembling the tall and slender Thracian warrior. They fight with a fast paced and agile style that well matches the slower but heavily armored Murmillo. The smaller parmula shield allows for the Thraex to move at a greater speed than an opponent carrying the larger scutum, while still remaining protected.

The sica sword allows them to hook onto an enemy's shield and pull it out of the way, to then thrust at their opponent's exposed body. The arm guard worn on the striking arm allows the Thraex to attack without worrying about losing that arm.

Traditional Opponents

The Thraex fought against the enemies of Thrace for re-enactments of their rivalries.