Mainstay of their might: the bow of Elam, the role of the bow in Elamite military history

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The topic discussed in this essay conditions and colours manifold perceptions of the ancient world political history and visual culture (ca. 4200-525 BC). Through a compilation of artistic and textual evidence from two opposite ends of the historical spectrum - the late 4th millennium BC and the Neo-Elamite period (ca. 1000-525 BC) - I will attempt to demonstrate that the manufacture and use of the composite flexed bow was an integral part of Elamite culture and society which, as expressed in the Prophet Jeremiah’s celebrated words, may well have been “the mainstay of their might”.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSusa and Elam II. Archaeological, Philological, Historical and Geographical Perspectives
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the International Congress Held at Ghent University, July 2015
EditorsJan Tavernier
Place of PublicationGhent
Number of pages34
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

Publication series

NameMémoires de la Délégation en Perse
ISSN (Print)1782-4168


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