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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Nov 2022 8:30 p.m. PST

"The Late Roman army used archers or sagittarii extensively in the infantry and cavalry units and these ranged from light all the way up to heavy units, often mixed or intermingled with the main troops or raised as dedicated sagittarii units.

In terms of the equipment used by a sagittarius, the main bow is generally understood to be the composite bow, sometimes referred to as the Hunnic bow, which used asymmetric limbs. The lower limb was the shorter of the two. This composite bow was reinforced with bone or antler laths – 2 on each limb and 2 more in the central grip. Few remains have survived in the archaeological finds and what has is invariably the laths – the wood and other perishable remains having long since rotted away…"


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dilettante Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2022 6:31 a.m. PST

Quite interesting.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2022 3:02 p.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it…


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