Early Arab

Historical Overview Section

By the 3rd century BCE, Qataban, Hadramout and Ma'in became independent from Saba and established themselves in the Yemeni arena. Minaean rule stretched as far as Dedan,with their capital at Baraqish. The Sabaeans regained their control over Ma'in after the collapse of Qataban in 50 BCE. By the time of the Roman expedition to Arabia Felix in 25 BCE, the Sabaeans were once again the dominating power in Southern Arabia. Aelius Gallus was ordered to lead a military campaign to establish Roman dominance over the Sabaeans. The Romans had a vague and contradictory geographical knowledge about Arabia Felix or Yemen. The Roman army of ten thousand men reached Marib, but was not able to conquer the city, according to Cassius Dio and Pliny the Elder.Strabo's close relationship with Aelius Gallus led him to attempt to justify his friend's failure in his writings. It took the Romans six months to reach Marib and sixty days to return to Egypt. The Romans blamed their Nabataean guide and executed him for treachery. No direct mention in Sabaean inscriptions of the Roman expedition has yet been found.

After the Roman expedition – perhaps earlier – the country fell into chaos and two clans, namely Hamdan and Himyar, claimed kingship, assuming the title King of Sheba and Dhu Raydan. Dhu Raydan (i.e. Himyarites) allied themselves with Aksum in Ethiopia against the Sabaeans. The chief of Bakil and king of Saba and Dhu Raydan, El Sharih Yahdhib, launched successful campaigns against the Himyarites and Habashat (i.e. Aksum), El Sharih took proud of his campaigns and added the title Yahdhib to his name, which means "suppressor"; he used to kill his enemies by cutting them to pieces. Sana'a came into prominence during his reign as he built the Ghumdan Palace to be his place of residence.

The Himyarite annexed Sana'a from Hamdan circa AD 100. Hashdi tribesmen rebelled against them, however, and regained Sana'a in around 180. It was not until 275 that Shammar Yahri'sh conquered Hadramout and Najran and Tihama, thus unifying Yemen and consolidating Himyarite rule

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  • Make it big - it can have a lot of cheap, but decent troops to swamp an opponent as well as the ubiquitous camel corps
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75 Yemeni Early Arab v4 Devonian Classic
2 Bowmen Bowmen ------
4 Warriors Medium swordsmen support ------
2 Ligh Infantry Javelin Light infantry javelin ------
1 Scouts on Camels Light camelry bow Mediocre
Competent Unreliable
6 Warriors Heavy swordsmen ------
1 Scouts on Camels Light camelry bow Mediocre
2 Light Infantry Sling Light infantry sling ------
2 Light Infantry Bow Light infantry bow ------
2 Sassanid Cavalry Heavy cavalry bow ------
4 Horsemen Light cavalry javelin ------
3 Tribal Leaders Medium cavalry Elite

200AP Patras
6 Camels
2 LH javelin
Competent General
Byzatine Ally
4 Impact Ordinary Bow Cv
2 Impact Elite Bw Cav
1 LF Javelin
1 :LF
1 Levy mediocre
3 Javelinmen
3 Medium Swords
Ordinary General

200AT USTT 2018
C/C Competent Commander + 1, Range 6/12
Medium Camel Bow - Ordinary 6
Camel Scouts Bow - Ordinary 4
S/G Ordinary Commander + 0 Range 4/8
LMI Javelin -Ordinary 6
Light Infantry Sling-Ordinary 2
S/G Competent Commander + 1, Range 6/12
Medium Cavalry - Ordinary 2
Scouts LH Javelin - Ordinary 2
LMI Bowmen -Ordinary 4
Levy - Mediocre 1

200 Points
2 Javelinmen
4 MF Swordsmen
2 Bow
Competent General
1 LCm Bow
2 LF Sling
3 Cv Medium Ordinary (Included Ordinary General)
6 Camelry Bow
2 LCm Bow
Competent General

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