Cypriot City States

During the periods covered by this list, Cypriot military development was influenced by the fact that the various city states came under the external influence (& dominion) of: the Assyrian Empire, Siatic Egypt, the Persian Empire, and Ionain Greek culture in turn. Other than the fact that there is evidence (from grave goods) that Ionian hoplites propably fought on Cyprus, I doubt that Assyrian, Persian or Siatic Egyptian troops were ever stationed on Cyprus in large enough numbers (or in the case of Siatic Egypt were ever present at all) to be represented as allied contingents.

Whilst there is probably enough information to justify two separate lists, a Biblical and an Antiquities lists, I've deliberately selected the Antiquities list as the primary starting point, due to the fact that the involvement of Cyprus in the Ionian Revolt against their Achameanid Persian overlords is probably the 'high point' of Cypriot military activity until the Crusades!

However, having said all this I'm afraid the resulting list is not very inspiring!

Era: Antiquity   Cypriot City States CR: H: 4 L: 2   BP: 2 Init: 4
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
10 FT   k 5[1]1 +1 Spear 6
1 SI     3[1]2 +2 Javelins 2
1 SI     3[1]2 +2 Sling 2
1 SI     2[1]1 +2 Bow 2
2 4HCH* Nobles k 5[1]0 +1 Various/bows 14
4 PH Ionians etc k 6[1]1 +2 Spear 10
10 FT   k 5[1]1 +1 Spear 6
2 LHI**     4[1]2 +1 Javelins 7
2 SI     3[1]2 +2 Javelins 2
1 SI     3[1]2 +2 Sling 2
1 SI     2[1]1 +2 Bow 2


Core: 1-RG

Bonus: (Max: 3 ) 3 -GR; 2-SH; 1-WD


Core: 96 Bonus: 150

Ionians are Hoplites and also include Lydians and Karians but cannot be used in a Biblical period army

This army can also be used in the Biblical period by allowing the replacement of 2 Bonus 4HCH with:

2 - 2MCH (Nobles) [k] 4[1]0 +1 Various @ 10pts.

NB: Either 4HCH or 2MCH can be used in the Biblical period, but only 4HCH can be used in the Antiquities period

LHI are either Sea People mercenaries or native 'copy' neo-Anatolian infantry types and can only be used in a Biblical period army

Chariots are deliberately not included in the Core as some of the more mountainous city states appear not to have used them

Ordo Link: Cyprot City States

Last Edited: 05 February 2007

List Author: Aetius