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Handshakes were originally meant to make sure that the person you were meeting wasn’t carrying a weapon. 

The hand clasp proved that your hand was empty.  The shaking gesture of the handshake started in Medieval Europe. Knights would shake the hand of others in an attempt to shake loose any hidden weapons.

During the Roman era, the handshake was more of an arm grab. It involved grabbing each other’s forearms to check that neither man had a knife hidden up his sleeve.