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Achaemenid Persian

Historical Overview Section

The Achaemenid Empire or Achaemenid Persian Empire was the first of the Persian Empires to rule over significant portions of Greater Iran, and followed the Median Empire as the second great empire of the Iranian Peoples. At the height of its power, the Achaemenid Empire encompassed approximately 6.5 million square kilometers and territorially exceeded Rome as the largest empire of classical antiquity. The empire was forged by Cyrus the Great, and spanned three continents, including territories of Afghanistan and Pakistan, parts of Central Asia, Asia Minor, Thrace, much of the Black Sea coastal regions, Iraq, northern Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and all significant population centers of ancient Egypt as far west as Libya.

Xerxes I , son of Darius I, organised a massive expedition aiming to conquer the Classical Greeks. His army entered Greece from the north, meeting little or no resistance through Macedonia and Thessaly, but was held by a small Spartan Classical Greek force for three days at Thermopylae. A simultaneous naval battle at Artemisium was tactically indecisive as large storms destroyed ships from both sides. The battle was stopped prematurely when the Greeks received news of the defeat at Thermopylae and retreated. The battle was a strategic victory for the Persians, giving them uncontested control of Artemisium and Aegean Sea.

Following his victory at the Battle of Thermopylae, Xerxes sacked the evacuated city of Athens and prepared to meet the Greeks at the strategic Isthmus of Corinth and the Saronic Gulf. In 480 BCE the Greeks won a decisive victory at the Battle of Salamis and forced Xerxes to retire to Sardis. The army which he left in Greece under Mardonius was destroyed in 479 BCE at the Battle of Plataea. The final defeat of the Persians at Mycale encouraged the Greek cities of Asia to revolt, and marked the end of the Greco-Persian Wars, along with Persian expansion to Europe.

Using the army in ADLG

  • Use the normal bowmen to lengthen the Sparabara & Immortals line - a base or two tucked in the middle of each block is cheap enough and no-one will want to take them on anyway
  • hint 2

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Army Lists

Sample army lists for this army
200 points used in Saumur 2016
Competent General
2 Persians and Medes Medium cavalry bow Elite
1 Kappadocians Light cavalry javelin ------
1 Scythians Light cavalry bow ------
1 Persian Guardsman Heavy cavalry bow Elite
1 Persians and Medes Heavy cavalry bow ----
1 Bactrians Light cavalry bow Elite

Competent General
2 Immortals ½ Medium swordsmen ½ Bowmen Elite
4 Sparabara ½ Medium swordsmen ½ Bowmen ------
2 Thracians Medium swordsmen ------
2 Libyans, Colchians Light infantry javelin ----
1 Arabs Light infantry bow ------

Included Competent Allied General
4 Hoplites Heavy spearmen armour
2 Light Inf Javelin Light infantry javelin



200 Points
3 Competent Generals

  • 3 Persians and Medes Heavy cavalry bow Elite 13
  • 1 Kappadocians Light cavalry javelin ------ 6
  • 2 Scythians Light cavalry bow ------ 6
  • 1 Persians and Medes Heavy cavalry bow ------ 11
  • 1 Levy Levy ---- 3

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  • 3 Immortals ½ Medium swordsmen ½ Bowmen Elite 11
  • 3 SPARABARA ½ Medium swordsmen ½ Bowmen ------ 9
  • 1 assyrians Medium spearmen ------ 7
  • 2 Libyans, Colchians Light infantry javelin ---- 4
  • 1 Scythed Chariots Scythed chariot ------ 3

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  • 4 Hoplites Heavy spearmen armor ---- #N/A
  • 2 Light Inf Javelin Light infantry javelin 4


  • 4 of these
  • etc
  • etc


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