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.Javelins were also used in the Ancient Olympics and other Panhellenic games.
They also carried a curved sword, a club or a hatchet as a side-arm.
The word javelin comes from Middle English and it derives from Old French javelin, a diminutive of javelot, which meant spear.
The word javelot probably originated from one of the Celtic languages.
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.
In the battle of Lechaeum, the Athenian general Iphicrates took advantage of the fact that a Spartan hoplite phalanx operating near Corinth was moving in the open field without the protection of any missile-throwing troops.