The trident is the sceptre and weapon of the sea god Poseidon in Greek mythology.
Poseidon is called Neptune in the Roman world. In Hinduism, the trident (trishula) is an attribute of the main god Shiva, it is also carried by some Indian goddesses such as Durga or Mariyamman.
- Length: 1,07m
- Material: wood
This weapon was also and especially used by Roman gladiators.
The retiarius (Latin for "net fighter") was a lightly armed Roman gladiator. He was also called iaculator (Latin "thrower") or aequoreus (Latin "belonging to the sea").
In contrast to the other gladiator types, the equipment and armament of the retiarius bore no resemblance to military models. Rather, it was reminiscent of deep-sea fishing. The retiarius was only lightly armed. He carried a trident (tridens or fuscina), a throwing net (rete) and a straight-bladed short sword or dagger. His only protection was a hand and arm guard on his left arm (manica) with a metal shield (galerus) on his shoulder. He was dressed with a loincloth (subligaculum) and a belt (balteus or cingulum).