Archery is a highly-valued accomplishment in Gehennum, the archery contest an important event in any games. The ability to shoot is one of the qualities expected of a gentleman, and the lower classes in the countryside also practise with their bows. City dwellers, who have less room to practise, and who do not expect to go hunting, are less accomplished with the bow, and favour the easy-to-use crossbow for military use.

Before the Archaic Period the bow was the favoured weapon of war, mêlée weapons being carried for ambushes, street-fighting, and brawls. Few people could afford enough armour to protect them from arrows. (See makhetes). In the Archaic Period, however, the introduction of laminate armour, the hoplon, and hoplite tactics has admitted arrow-proof heavy infantry to the battlefield in large numbers.

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