BarcelonaVirgil and Ovid quoted them. They were known throughout the Mediterranean. And a few years ago they raised their heads again. In 1984, a group of enthusiasts founded the Balearic Islands Rope Shooting Federation in Mallorca. His idea was to remind everyone that 2,000 years ago no one knew how to throw stones like the islanders. Diodorus de Sicilia wrote of them that “in the practice of throwing large stones with a sling they have the advantage of all other men”. They were so good at it that they were well paid as mercenaries ready to join any army willing to pay for their services. The Balearic slingers came to be like the artillery of that time, with the ability they had to send stones flying a great distance, knocking off heads, causing panic in the enemies and opening the way for the infantry. And don’t think his role was minor, no. Both Hannibal Barca and Julius Caesar had them under their command. They were an elite body.