Here is a full list of the armies available in Immortal Fire
, they cover the Classical and Hellenistic eras from the development of the hoplite system in Greece in the 7th century BC until the Hellenistic successor kingdoms that derived from the break-up of Alexander the Great’s empire came into conflict with Rome from the 3rd century BC onwards.
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Classical Greek armies were in existence from early 7th century BC until 279 BC. These armies were based upon the heavy infantry Hoplite armed with spear and shield.
Early Achaemenid Persian
The Achaemenid Empire was founded by King Cyrus the Great by conquering the Median, Lydian, and Babylonian empires. The empire lasted from 550 BC to 420 BC.
Thracian armies were in existence from the 7th century BC until 46 AD. Thrace was a Roman client kingdom from 25 BC. Most Thracian soldiers were armed with javelins, but later on some were equipped with long spears.
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|Classical Greek ||Early Achaemenid Persian ||Thracian |
The Lydian empire ran from the early 7th century BC up until 546 BC, when it was conquered by the Persians. Lydia’s wealth was based upon its extensive gold deposits. Lydia is credited with the invention of coinage, and the phrase as rich as Croesus refers to the last king of Lydia.
Late Dynastic Egyptian
The 26th dynasty covered the time between 664 BC and 525 BC, while the 29th and 30th ran from 405 BC to 343 BC. During the gap between these dates the empire was conquered by Persia, eventually revolting in 405 BC, and then being re-conquered in 343 BC by Artaxerxes III.
Of the Greek colonies on the Libyan coast, Kyrene was the oldest and most important. Kyrenean armies were in existence from 630 BC until their incorporation as a Roman province in 74 BC.
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|Lydian ||Late Dynastic Egyptian ||Kyrenean Greek |
Carthaginian armies were in existence from the start of the Magonid dynasty, circa 550 BC, until 275 BC. During this period Carthage built a maritime empire in the western Mediterranean, and fought many wars against the Greek cities of Sicily.
Skythian or Saka
These tribes were a military force from 550 BC until 50 AD. The Saka were from the east and included the Massagetae, the Dahae and the Yeuh-chi.
These armies were a force to be reckoned with between 500 BC and the mid fifth century AD. Their soldiers were armed with a variety of swords, ranging from two handed to smaller single handed ones. Armour became more common in the first century AD.
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|Early Carthaginian ||Skythian or Saka ||Classical Indian |
Late Achaemenid Persian
Achaemenid armies existed from 420 BC until 329 BC. It is thought that these troops were Persian equipped and trained hoplites; an alternative is that they may have been the lighter peltast-style spearmen with crescent shields.
Syracuse, on the south east coast of Sicily was founded in c733 BC by Greek settlers from Corinth and Tenea. These armies cover the period 423 BC until the city fell to the Romans in 211 BC.
These armies, of Alexander and his father, Philip, range from 355 BC until the death of Alexander in 323 BC. After the battle of Chaironeia in which Alexander assisted his father, Macedonia won control over Greece and could then turn to the Persian Empire. Alexander got as far as India before his forces, weary from eight years of war and fearful of stories about the number of elephants that the Indian armies could field, refused to go further. Alexander died aged 33 in Babylon of an unknown cause.
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|Late Achaemenid Persian ||Syracusan ||Alexandrian Macedonian |
These forces cover the period from Alexander’s death in 323 BC until the advent of Rome. Shortly after Alexander’s death various successors fought amongst themselves. After this, a more stable period came to pass with Alexander’s empire breaking into three forces, Macedon, Egypt and the Seleucid kingdom in the east.
Sarmatian tribes were abroad from the mid fourth century BC until the first century AD. At their greatest extent they covered the land between the Volga and the Danube.
These were a group of Celtic tribes who invaded Macedonia, Greece and Thrace in 280 BC. Eventually ousted by Antigonos Gonatas.
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|Early Successor ||Early Sarmatian ||Galatian |
This grouping of Greek armies ran from 279 BC until Greece was incorporated as a Roman province in 146 BC. During this time period Hoplites started to be replaced by thureophoroi (an infantry soldier armed with an oval shield, long thrusting spear, javelins and a sword.) and by pikemen.
This kingdom was founded circa 250 BC when Diodotos, the Seleucid governor of Bactria, Sogdiana and Margiana, seizing his opportunity while King Antiochos II was away fighting a war with Ptolemaic Egypt, declared his territory independent.
Circa 180 BC the Graeco-Bactrian King Demetrios invaded India, which was in disarray following the fall of the Mauryan Empire. By 175 BC the Indo-Greek kingdom had been established. Under King Menander I, who ruled from circa 155 to 130 BC, the Indo-Greek kingdom was greatly expanded, covering much of the north-west and northern India.
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|Hellenistic Greek ||Graeco-Bactrian ||Indo-Greek |