Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Battle of Pydna 168 BC



The series of shots I have posted today were taken by me whilst on my honeymoon last year. They are photos from the Roman victory column, recovered at Delphi, in central Greece. The column was erected by the Roman Consul, Aemilius Paulus, celebrating his victory over King Perseus, of Macedonia, at the battle of Pydna in 168BC.
The first picture above shows a combat between roman infantry and cavalry vs Macedonian infantry and cavalry. The Romans are pictured wearing their distinctive chainmail and large oval shields even the cavalryman appears to be wearing chainmail. The Macedonians however do not appear to be wearing any armour, but are easily identified by the large round shields of the cavalryman and the distinctive shield design of the fallen warrior, shown at the bottom right of the picture. The fallen Macedonian soldier my well be from either the famed White or Bronze Shields.




This shot is give you an excellent view of the armour worn by the Roman infantryman at the time of battle. The chainmail can be easily seen as the warrior raises his spear for the final blow on a wounded Macedonian cavalryman.




The next two shots show the ease of the the Roman victory over the Macedonians. The Macedonians are shown either falling wounded or retreating. Again in both photos you can see the distinctive shield design of the Macedonian foot soldiers.

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