In History of Ancient Egypt: Volume 1 (1882), George Rawlinson depicts the javelin as an offensive weapon used by the Ancient Egyptian Military.
It was lighter in weight than that used by other nations.
A pilum usually weighed between two and four kilograms, with the versions produced during the Empire being somewhat lighter.
They were hurled in a certain direction and whoever hurled it the farthest, as long as it hit tip-first, won that game.While the Triarii were still armed with the hasta, the Hastati and the Principes were rearmed with short swords and heavy javelins.Each soldier from the Hastati and Principes lines carried two javelins.By launching repeated hit-and-run attacks against the Spartan formation, Iphicrates and his men were able to wear the Spartans down, eventually routing them and killing just under half.
This marked the first recorded occasion in ancient Greek military history in which a force entirely made up of peltasts had defeated a force of hoplites.
There is archaeological evidence that javelins and throwing sticks were already in use by the last phase of the lower Paleolithic.