A throwing weapon: a light spear, usually tipped with glass, jade, flint or obsidian. They are used by peltasts and other light troops, in games, and by the Melankreuthes. A thong wound around the shaft of a javelin and looped over the fingers of the throwing hand allows the thrower to provide a little extra impetus to the throw and impart a stabilising spin to the javelin.

At Gehennese games, javelins are thrown at a target, rather than for distance.

See [[weapons]] and [[shields]].

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