A ROMAN LEGION LEAD SLING BULLET

A ROMAN LEGION LEAD SLING BULLET


browse these categories for related items...
Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Ancient World: Roman: Pre AD 1000: Item # 1204201
Biblical Artifacts
View Seller Profile
at The Inbal Hotel, Liberty Bell Park, 3 Jabotinsky Street
P. O. Box 14646, Jerusalem 9114601, Israel
tel. 972 2 583 7606

Guest Book
 PRIVATE COLLECTION NOT FOR SALE 
c. 57-45 B.C.

Cast from lead for use in a sling, the diamond shaped bullet is biconical on one side and flat on the other. It is marked with the roman numerals LXIII marking it as ammunition for a member of the thirteenth legion.

In good condition with natural patina present.

1.65 inches (4.2 cms)

*********

Originally founded by Julius Caesar in 57 B.C. this legion was in use until it was disbanded in 45 B.C.. During this time they took part in such conflicts as the Gaelic Wars as well as fighting on the side of Caesar during his battle with Pompey and the Senate. It was then reconstituted by Augustus in 41 B.C. as the Legio XIII Gemina (or the 13th Twin Legion) and was in use until the fifth century A.D.