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Slingers' lead bullets
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(μολυβδίς/molybdís, μολύβδαινα/molýbdaina, glans). Slingers' lead bullets were the most advanced type of ancient sling shot; they are mentioned several times in sources and thousands of examples survive. Lead (μόλυβδος/mólybdos) shot of the desired shape and calibre was relatively easy to make on the spot (in half-moulds, in sets of up to nine at once [7. 40; 8. 153]). The special ballistic characteristics of SLB are founded primarily on the high density of the material. In 401 BC SLB, which had certainly already been tried in the Peloponnesian War, were still a w…

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Weiß, Peter (Kiel), “Slingers' lead bullets”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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