It took a humiliating major defeat to convince the Spartans to adopt the bow and arrow

Hind, Andrew
July 2006
Military History;Jul/Aug2006, Vol. 23 Issue 5, p12
The article provides a historical account of the loss of the Spartans in its battle with the Athenians in Greece in 425 B. C. The proud, arrogant Spartan hoplites despised archery. Their way--in their eyes the only honorable way--was to right as heavy infantrymen in close quarters; any other form of combat was viewed as cowardly. The proud Spartan infantrymen came to accept the archer as a valuable addition to their army and a necessary component of battlefield success.


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