“passing their time shooting with the bow and hurling the spear and practising all the other arts they learnt when boys, they continually engage in contests of this kind with one another. There are also public contests of this sort, for which prizes are offered”  (Cyropaedia)

Achaemenid Archers (Persian Empire), glazed brick, Palace decoration at Babylon, Susa c500BC

“passing their time shooting with the bow and hurling the spear and practising all the other arts they learnt when boys, they continually engage in contests of this kind with one another. There are also public contests of this sort, for which prizes are offered”  (Cyropaedia)

Achaemenid Archers (Persian Empire), glazed brick, Palace decoration at Babylon, Susa c500BC