Deadliest Warrior Legends: Alexander the Great
Deadliest Warrior: Legends Quick Facts:
- Alexander inherited from his father the Kingdom of Macedonia, his armies, his treasury, his love of Classical Greek culture and his ambition to unite the world under a single leader.
- At age 17 Alexander marshaled his own army to put down an uprising by a northern tribe. At age 18 he led the cavalry charge that decided the final battle in the war that won his father all of Greece.
- By the time of his death at age 33 Alexander of Macedon had conquered the kingdom of Egypt, the Greek states, the Persian Empire and the rest of the known world.
- Alexander went from being healthy to dead in the span of three days. One theory is that Aristotle poisoned him because Alexander had begun executing people who disagreed with his decisions.
- Alexander’s tactics, strategies, leadership, application of force, use of surprise, and other methods of war are still studied today in military academies like West Point.
- Alexander’s companion cavalry was made of about 1800 horsemen. He would routinely ride into the thick of the enemy ranks– sometimes numbering in the tens of thousands.
Kopis and Shield: The kopis was a single-edged sword with a mostly forward curve, used for slashing. Its two distinctive features were the bulge near the last 1/3 of the blade, and the pommel’s hooked shape.
Unlockable Weapon: Mahkaira and Shield: The mahkaira was a slightly backward curving blade with a decorated spine, guard, grip and pommel. It was primarily a slashing weapon.
Xyston and Shield: The xyston was a spear used by cavalry for close combat. It was usually used against the enemy’s face, though they were also used against horses (the impact against a horse often broke the shaft).
Unlockable Weapon: Sarissa and Shield: The sarissa became the infantry long spear of choice after being introduced by Alexander the Great’s father. With longer range, more rows of each phalanx could engage in the fight.
Gastraphetes: The gastraphetes had two heavy, composite limbs and a trigger. It was cocked by pressing the center protrusion in the ground using the archer’s weight, and was fired from the waist or hips.
Unlockable Weapon: Javelin: From the rear of a phalanx troops would barrage the enemy with javelin fire. Light and fast these were most effective against lightly armored enemies.
Bronze Cuirass: Hammered bronze, this cuirass was formed to resemble the muscular torso of the Spartan. As plate armor it was effective against slash and thrust attacks, but it only covered the chest and stomach.
Linothorax: Layers of heavy fabric were glued together with metal plates in between. Lighter and less effective than a bronze cuirass, it did give greater mobility.
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