An Inscribed Sling Bullet from Iamnia (Yavneh)

Yulia Ustinova, Pablo Betzer, Daniel Varga

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A lead sling bullet, unearthed at Yavneh (ancient Iamnia) and dated to the second century BCE, 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 for new insights into the religious background of warfare in Palaestina in the Hellenistic period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-203
Number of pages15
JournalIsrael Exploration Journal
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Hasmoneans
  • Hauron
  • Heracles
  • Iamnia
  • Melqart
  • Yavneh
  • sling bullet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Archaeology


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