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    After Alexander the Great’s death, his immense empire was divided among his Generals.
    The armies those successors fielded owe much to the Macedonian army tradition mixed with local characteristics.
    The Phalanx was the cornerstone of those armies.
    Next we can see a Ptolemaic Phalangite.




    A local innovation was the introduction of war elephants http://community.imaginefx.com/fxpos...ture31921.aspx such was the case of Seleucids.
    Mercenaries were also used in some numbers and Celts were among the people used on this task.http://community.imaginefx.com/fxpos...ture43376.aspx
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    J.P.,

    Don't forget those elephants were not a gift. I vaguely remember reading somewhere that many thousands (10,000?) Greek trained Phalangist warriors entered the service of Chandragupta. He used them to train his own and the Mauryan Empire soon engulfed most of India and the Indus Valley and Bactria.

    The Phalanx is what let Alexander defeat Porus. Indian troops were mostly missile troops (slingers and archers). The nobility liked Chariots and elephants. I am not sure if the Cavalry was as good as Persian tribal levies. I believe most Indian involved missile troops attriting the other side until one sides morale cracked and they ran (similar to Persian Infantry). I don't see armor on Indian foot soldiers until the Mercenaries arrived.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JP Vieira View Post
      After Alexander the Great’s death, his immense empire was divided among his Generals.
      The armies those successors fielded owe much to the Macedonian army tradition mixed with local characteristics.
      The Phalanx was the cornerstone of those armies.
      Next we can see a Ptolemaic Phalangite.




      A local innovation was the introduction of war elephants http://community.imaginefx.com/fxpos...ture31921.aspx such was the case of Seleucids.
      Mercenaries were also used in some numbers and Celts were among the people used on this task.http://community.imaginefx.com/fxpos...ture43376.aspx
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      • #4
        Hello
        Pruitt: one of the strenghts of Alexander was the fact that he was very pragmatical and incorporated whatever was best for his army; his sucessors used that approach also and incorporated whatever type of troops most effective (from whichever nationality they were).
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        • #5
          E também és madrugador, boa.
          Abraço.
          All warfare is based on deception.
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            Faz-se o que se pode...
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              Lord help us, we're drowning in Lusitanians!

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                Not to fear: we Lusitanians are few (but good)
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                  • #10
                    Pen and Sword

                    Pen and sword publishers are covering this period quite nicely, and almost all my favourite books of this period is by this publisher .

                    http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/?category_id=31

                    However, once you have found a book you are interested in, check out other sites (eg Abe, Amazon et al), to see if you can purchase said title at a lower price .
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JP Vieira View Post
                      Next we can see a Ptolemaic Phalangite.[/FONT]
                      From Ruben's piece on the Alexandrian Funeral Stelae in Ancient Warfare I.1 JP? Do you still work for the periodical?

                      You might be interested to compare your Seleucid war elephant with those depicted in AW IV.6. A somewhat "interesting" excercise in details...
                      Last edited by Paralus; 09 Jan 11, 04:38.
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                      Wicked men, you sin against your fathers, who conquered the whole world under Philip and Alexander.

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