A New Inscribed Sling Bullet from Iamnia (Yavne)

Yulia Ustinova, Pablo Betzer, Daniel Varga

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A second-century BCE lead sling bullet, unearthed at Yavneh, ancient Iamnia, bears an inscription ‘victory of Heracles and Hauronas.’ This is the first mention of the pair, known as the patrons of Iamnia, in their homeland. The unique invocation to the two gods allows new insights into the religious background of warfare in Palaestina in the Hellenistic period.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-203
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2022


  • Yavne
  • Iamnia
  • Horon
  • Hauronas
  • Melqart
  • Hasmoneans
  • Canaanite
  • Greek epigraphy


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