Parazonium is a short, double-edged sword that is usually used by senior officers. It had more status significance than practical use as a weapon. The handle of the parasonium was often decorated with a relief pattern, and several swords with an eagle-shaped handle were found. The blade had a leaf-shaped shape with a length of about 30 cm, this sword is even shorter than gladius, and in many respects its characteristics are close to pugio.
Similar blades appeared in ancient Greece as auxiliary weapons. During the Roman Empire, the parazonium became primarily a status weapon in the legions — it was worn by the command staff and top military commanders.