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Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus
CN MAG

Lead sling shot reportedly from the battle of Munda.

Found in Estepa, Spain
74.19g

49x28mm


The Battle of Munda took place on March 17, 45 BC in the plains of Munda, which is in modern southern Spain. This was the last great battle of Julius Caesar's civil war against the republican armies. After this victory, and the deaths of Titus Labienus and Gnaeus Pompeius (Pompey's oldest son), Caesar was free to return to Rome and govern as dictator. Tens of thousands of Romans died at Munda. About one month after defeat, Gnaeus was captured and executed. His brother Sextus survived to initiate another rebellion, on Sicily, where he was finally defeated by Marcus Agrippa and executed in Asia in 35 BC by Mark Antony, ten years after Munda.

Eitan Hirsch, a ballistics expert with the Israeli Defense Forces calculated that an expert slinger could hit a target from 35 meters away. According to his calculations a projectile could be hurled at a velocity of 34 meters per second. Equivalent to a modern day handgun.
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wileyc  [Dec 04, 2013 at 11:59 PM]
interesting piece.
n.igma  [Dec 05, 2013 at 12:16 AM]
... and how many handguns pack a 74.2 gram lead bullet? ..... OUCH!
carthago  [Dec 05, 2013 at 12:22 PM]
Neat! And a great photo too.
Pscipio  [Dec 05, 2013 at 12:59 PM]
I don't remember if it was Polybios or someone else who reports that during the Punic wars, Balearic slingers - the most famous slingers of their time - were training on human-size puppets set up in a distance of about 200 yards. These were professional slingers, however, so the effective distance for regular soldiers occasionally using slings probably was considerably shorter.