Andreas Johansson wrote:David Kuijt wrote:
I thought that was a Sassanian saying?
It's in Herodotus (I:136).
Whether it was still current in Sassanid times I do not know.
Fault of my memory. If it was still current, the meaning might have been completely different, since the early Ach.Persian army was an army of massed foot bowmen with a few horsemen and the Sassanian Persian army was an army of massed horse bowmen with a few foot.