The disappearance of the classical hoplite

Jun 2012
529
Al-Ta'If, Makkah, Saudi arabia.
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Hypaspists were part of the Basilikoi agema/royal guard, the Basilikoi agema fought as phalangites, hypaspists, and sometimes fought as peltasts, although mostly the newer royal guards have to finish their service with the Peltastai and then enter service with the Royal phalangites. and yes, some hoplites existed up to that date, particularly hypaspists, they had a notable role in pydna, where they outraced the entire macedonian line during the victorious pursuit of the romans up the mountain they retreated to.
 
May 2013
327
Bakersfield, CA
#62
Hypaspists were part of the Basilikoi agema/royal guard, the Basilikoi agema fought as phalangites, hypaspists, and sometimes fought as peltasts, although mostly the newer royal guards have to finish their service with the Peltastai and then enter service with the Royal phalangites. and yes, some hoplites existed up to that date, particularly hypaspists, they had a notable role in pydna, where they outraced the entire macedonian line during the victorious pursuit of the romans up the mountain they retreated to.
Again, some great information! I'm quite interested in the sources indicating that hypaspists fought as peltasts. In the modestly sized "mobile columns" that Alexander deployed for surprise attacks/detached operations, they seem to always have been teamed up with specialist peltasts (usually the Agrianians of Thracian extraction) as well as archers, and it was these troops that served in the "skirmisher" role. Perhaps in later years, this light infantry function was incorporated into the elite heavy infantry units organically so that they could independently operate as fully integrated, mixed-arms arrays on their own. Just a thought!

With regard to the broader subject of the persistence of the classical hoplite, there is a very interesting article in Ancient Warfare (Vol. VII, Issue 1, p. 46-51) by J. Albert Morales on a possible battle in 106 B.C. at Yucheng in Central Asia between Macedonian settlers and imperial Chinese forces. Interestingly, the Macedonian elites proposed to have taken part in this action (the "Golden Shields") are portrayed (beautifully so on p. 50 with an extensive sidebar of notes) as being equipped as classical hoplites in the mold of Alexander's hypaspists, and these are shown leading provincial troops of other units with similar gear. If true, this admirably daring bit of speculation would serve to push survival of something like the classical hoplite nearly down to the dawn of the 1st century B.C.
 
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