Cane swords, or swordsticks, became popular in Europe during the 18th century. Similar devices had been developed in Ancient Rome and Japan. The swordstick was mostly viewed as a fashion accessory, replacing decorative swords which went out of style as firearms grew in popularity.
Many historical events and persons of the ancient past are often shrouded in legend, and they make great stories. Whatever the origins of Rome, it became one of the most powerful states that ever existed under the sun.