Battle of Pydna 168 BC. Romans fight against the Macedonians.
Eek. It would not be fun to charge headlong into a formation of spearmen.
Holy fuck, I remember this picture. I've seen this work on my old history book back in elementary school, but it was in a chapter that was talking about the Second Punic War instead (what a mistake).
In a sense, it could be the 2nd Punic War. The Carthaginians had used phalanxes too.
Not sure if they've ever use pike phalanxes, but it may as well be Carthaginian Hoplites. Still, something tells me it was the authors of my history book that made the mistake of placing this image in the chapter of the Punic Wars lol.
Alexander the great!!!
For Macedon! Been a RTWII fan sorry...
Macedonians choosed poorly the battle ground. It wasn't flat, so phalanx wasn't compact...perfect to infiltrate by roman swordmen, and romans were better than macedonians at close combat.
Incorrect. The Macedonian phalangites brutalized the Romans from the front at every attempt. The Roman victory was delivered by the Roman elephant corps ambushing the Macedonian left (who, incidentally, hadn't even so much as seen a legionary) while they were still in column formation. The rest of the Macedonian surrendered, only to be butchered.
Actually, the Argyraspides were used only by Alexander the great and seleucid Greeks. They weren't in that battle
Buzzsaw (Roman legions) vs. Pin cushion (Macedon phalanx)
Great to see some phalanx actions.