This article is about Greek archers. For the fish with genus Toxotes, see Archerfish.
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Toxotai (Greek: Τοξόται, "archers"; plural form of Toxotes, τοξότης) were Greekarchers armed with a short Greek bow and a short sword. They carried a little pelte (or pelta) (Greek: πέλτη) shield. Cretan Greek archers used nearly the same type of equipment except that they used a long bow.
"Hippo-toxotai" were mounted archers and rode ahead of the cavalry.
The name Toxotes was used to describe the mythic Sagittarius, a legendary creature thought to be a centaur.