The Three Thousand

Waldemar Heckel

in The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780195304657
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This chapter reviews the infantry guard of Alexander the Great. Macedonian hypaspists were first manifested in Alexander's campaign against the so-called independent Thracians. In addition to guard-duty, they served as a police force. The most famous and notorious fighting unit in the history of Alexander's Successors are the Argyraspids, after whose dismissal from Opis, a full contingent of hypaspists had remained with Alexander at the time of his death in the following and continued to serve in the Royal Army under Perdiccas. Diodorus spoke of the rivalry of two Indian wives for the honor of performing suttee. It is observed that the idea that Argyraspids' future service in the East was meant to destroy them may be wishful thinking on Hieronymus' part.

Keywords: infantry guard; Alexander the Great; Macedonian hypaspists; Thracians; Argyraspids; Diodorus; Indian wives

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Ancient Greek History

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