An ancient design, emerging from Central Asia in the second
millennium B.C., the composite bow was adopted by a staggering
variety of cultures, from nomadic tribal peoples such as the Huns,
Turks, and Mongols, to mighty empires such as the Romans,
Byzantines, Persians, Arabs, and Chinese. Offering high power and
portability, the composite bow was an ideal cavalry weapon, though
it was also used by infantry in open battle, and as a siege weapon.
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