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Caestus (plural Cesti) was a glove used in hand-to-hand combat in ancient Greece and ancient Rome. In Latin, cestus referred to leather wrapped over or binding anything, including metal studs, plates, or spikes. As such, some Cesti had spikes over metal knuckles. Many Greek versions were only straps of leather wrapped around the fist (Himantes), though the Roman versions were spiked or studded. The Cesti resembled studded or spiked gloves. More dangerous types of Cesti were the Spharai and the Myrmex (which meant "limb-piercer"). Cesti were used in Pankration (sport in the ancient world considered a combination of boxing and wrestling - Pankration means "all-strength" or "all-power") or unarmed gladiatorial combat. Boxing involving Cesti became so bloody, the Caestus was banned in the 1st century BCE. Eventually hand-to-hand fighting would be banned in 393CE. Caestus is the considered a variant of the word Cestus, which was a belt or girdle worn by women in ancient Greece.