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Overall, there were limits to what extent archery was useful. While it was useful in deserts or plains, in wooded or mountainous areas archery tend to be disfavoured, with European cultures preferring instead close-up melee combat, or the use of skirmishers: although archers are mentioned in the Iliad, more of the action by the heroes of the epic prefer spearfighting up close and personal, or the use of thrown spears. Moreover, to be a good archer required immense training — whereas archery was considered a villien's way of fighting in Europe, in Muslim and Asian cultures, archery was the pastime of the nobles much in the same way we consider croquet, polo or golf as the hobbies of choice of today's business elite.
Even so, archery continued to remain an important part of warfare amongst various cultures until the 15th century when its importance started to decline due to gunpowder weapons. By the late 18th century, it was making a comeback yet again - as a sport.