The Spartan army was characterised by its tough discipline and its emphasis on man-to-man combat. Even a common soldier in the Spartan army was an elite fighter. Especially when holding a Spartan sword. This was an effective weapon for close combat and has a typical leaf-shaped blade and metal handle. It's said that the Spartans preferred to wrap their swords during night attacks, so as not to be betrayed by the moonlit reflection on their perfectly polished blades.