Later Romanised Ptolemaic 198 BC to 30 BC

Era: Age of Empires   Later Romanised Ptolemaic 198 BC to 30 BC CR: H: 3 L: 4   BP: 2 Init: 4
Number Type   Description Key FV PROT Weapon Cost
4 FT Imitation Legionaries Key 6(2)1 +2 Pila/swords 9
1 HC Cleruch Key 4(0)0 +1 Spears 10
1 LC     2(0)0 +1 Javelins 7
2 SI     2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
1 SI     3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
1 LI     4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
4 FT Imitation Legionaries Key 6(2)1 +2 Pila/swords 9
2 LC     2(0)0 +1 Javelins 7
1 LHI Thorakitai   4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
3 LI     4(1)2 +1 Javelins 7
2 SI     2(1)1 +2 Bows 2
2 SI     3(1)2 +2 Javelins 2
2 HC Native Horse Key 4(0)0 +1 Spears 10


Core: 1 GR

Bonus: (Max: 2 ) 2 GR 1 SH 1 RG


Core: 98 Bonus: 106


LC are either Tarantine style LC or Arab mercenaries

LI are either remnant Thracian mercenaries, Ptolemaic settler garrisons (operating as Peltasts), Sudanese or Cilician "Pirates and Brigands."

SI with javelins are either Sudanese, mercenary neo-Cretans, Cilicians, native infantry or Arabs.

SI with bows are either Blemmye, mercenary neo-Cretans or possibly Arabs.

NB: There is a view that both the descriptions 'Tarantine' and 'Cretan' had by this time, become a term for specific troop types rather than a particular nationality - as had possibly the description 'Iberian'

This is the army that Julius Caesar fought against in the Alexandrian War. He writes about a force of 20,000 men in total, mainly based on the ex-legionaries of Gabinius, that had "Egyptianized" marrying Egyptian women; then a contingent of "brigands and pirates" from Syria and Cilicia; then many ex-slaves that joined the Egyptian army for freedom and there were "2,000 horsemen".

If we consider the "imitation legionaries" as "ex-legionaries and ex-slaves" and the LI as "brigands and pirates", you have the army that Caesar defeated; and it is likely that the army of Cleopatra, in the years immediately after, should have been very similar.

It has been assumed that Cleruchs were, by now, a shadow of their former selves - if they were at all distinguishable from the other 'native' Egyptian horse.

Ordo Link: Later Romanised Ptolemaic

Last Edited: 15 March 2006

List Author: Aetius with research assistance from Polemicus