- Jan 2015
- MD, USA
My own opinion on the thing was actually kind of : " the only way for such weapons to have found their way would have been for some kind of rich person with weapon collecting antics to be interested in foreign weapons."
The kind of guy who is most likely to bring home exotic weapons would be a mercenary. We know Greek hoplites served as mercenaries all over the place--one Egyptian pharaoh had a force of THIRTY THOUSAND of them. So a mercenary wandering from contract to contract could run into quite a few (reasonably) distant foreigners. Not that he's likely to trek across India looking for work in China! There was PLENTY of warfare within a hundred miles of the Mediterranean, no mercenary had to go very far to find work. Many Greek mercenaries fought in Greece itself, for starters. But note that these were not typically *rich* men, at least not when they took up the professional soldiering trade. Because rich men did not *have* to leave home looking for fortune!
So when I read that topic about AC on some site, one of the first thing I tought was : "Is this story about and assassin or about a crazy weapon-collecting maniac ?" Which triggered my curiosity even more with that discussion, about if it really was possible or not.