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It was lighter in weight than that used by other nations.
He describes the Ancient Egyptian javelin's features: “It consisted of a long thin shaft, sometimes merely pointed, but generally armed with a head, which was either leaf-shaped, or like the head of a spear, or else four-sided, and attached to the shaft by projections at the angles.” Egyptian military trained from a young age in special military schools.
He decided to ambush it with his force of peltasts.
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.
The word javelin comes from Middle English and it derives from Old French javelin, a diminutive of javelot, which meant spear.
The frontal centre of gravity suggests that these pole weapons were used as javelins.