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The trident is a fishing implement, military weapon, and symbol of power and authority. The name come from the Latin meaning "three teeth" and the trident always has three barbed tines.

The most common example of the trident as a symbol of power is the Greek God Poseidon, who rules over the seas. He could strike the earth with his trident to create new sources of water.

The most common example of the trident as a weapon was the Retiarius, a Roman gladiator. He was armed with a trident called a fuscina and a net, and was pitted against the secutor, a gladiator with a gladius, scutum, and very heavy helmet. Mismatches like this were very common in Roman gladiatorial games to create a more dramatic encounter. If the retiarus was able to net the secutor's shield or sword, then he was very likely to win with a longer range weapon. However if he lost the net, then the secutor was easily able to close the distance where the fuscina's length was a liability.

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