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Ancient Greek archer. Source: Stanislav / Adobe Stock.

Could an Ancient Greek Bow Outperform a Modern One? (Video)


In a recent experiment two historians, Theodore, and Christos, decided to find out which is better an ancient Greek bow or its modern equivalent. Theodore wielded a replica of the legendary bow of Odysseus, an iconic figure from ancient Greek mythology while the Christos used a contemporary composite bow. The ancient bow, reminiscent of the one Odysseus was famed for, exuded a timeless charm with its horn and sinew construction. It was a lethal weapon from the annals of history. However, Christos wielded a modern marvel, equipped with a scope lens for precision and stability, ensuring a faster release. In this head-to-head contest, a terracotta pot became the target.

The arrows flew, and it was clear that Christos' modern bow boasted superior firepower. While Theodore's shots were accurate, they lacked the sheer force to shatter the pot. In contrast, Christos' arrows pierced not only the target but even an olive tree's trunk. The ancient weapon, a relic of bygone battles, was outmatched by the lethal precision of modern archery. This captivating demonstration unveiled the evolution of archery, with the modern bow proving its mettle against its ancient counterpart. The power of progress in the world of archery was undeniable, leaving us in awe of both history's legends and the technological advancements of today.

Top image: Ancient Greek archer. Source: Stanislav / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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