Ancient Greek Lead Sling Bullet. Circa 4th - 1st Century BC

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 Ancient Greece
Circa 4th - 1st Century BC
Lead Sling Bullet
35 mm ; 31 gm

These projectiles could be slung over 1500 feet (450 meters) at speeds exceeding 250 miles per hour (400 kph).
Sling as a weapon is relatively not well known although was used effectively since the most ancient times. At the beginning, projectiles were made of raw stones, later carved and around the 5th Century BC some were made of lead. Excellency as a slinger could only be achieved by means of an intensive training since the more early childhood.
Onasandrius wrote the 1st C. BC in his book "Strategy". "Sling is the deadly weapon used by light infantry because lead bullets are of the same colour than air and therefore not visible, impact is unexpected and not only hard but the bullet penetrates deeply into the flesh".

On the legions battle order slingers were charged to start the hostilities from the flanks even before than archers could do it. When enemy contact was imminent both archers and slingers retreated between lines to allow the infantry and cavalry to fight.

Slingers were employed by ancient armies to great effect, either directing accurate sniper fire or indirect barrages against enemy troop formations. In antiquity the most feared slingers were the Cretans employed by the armies of the Greeks and  Alexander, and the Balaeric islanders employed by Hannibal and later by the Romans.

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