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What did Cretan bows look like?
Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:11pm
 
There probably isn't a clear answer to this,  I read that they used a gorytos similar to what Scythians used,  maybe their bows were made similarly also
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Re: What did Cretan bows look like?
Reply #1 - Jan 17th, 2011 at 4:26pm
 
Unfortunately, almost no composite bows have survived from antiquity.  The Greeks in general were supposed to use bows made from horn, perhaps the horns of the ibex.  A modern reproduction of such a weapon is shown in one of the Primitive Bowyer's Bible series.   
The Wiki article speculates that the Cretans used bows made likewise, a composite bow made of horn glued up over a wooden center section.

This would be very similar to what would become pretty much standard as East Asian composite/recurve bows as used by the Turks, Mongols, and various other later peoples.
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