Top 10 Greek Generals of the Classical Period

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Honestly, if you look at Alexander's battles the cavalry played a much more significant role then the sarissa infantry. The phalanx was mainly use for holding enemy infantry in check while Alexander with the companions, Hypaspists and light infantry won the battle. Hammer and Anvil.



Definitely, Philip put into place an entirely new military system with considerations for organization, intensive training programs and logistics. The expansion of the Macedonian cavalry arm and its formation into ilai (squadrons), the introduction of an engineering corps for siegecraft, the founding of the Macedonian navy all can be attributed to Philip. His accomplishments go well beyond the introduction of the sarissa.s
Macedonian navy? Ok, there was one.
What you're avoiding is philip's copying some of the military solutions from his "enemies", the scythians.
 
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Nov 2011
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Philip and alexander (both only macedonians) would never have achieved their status in history, hadn't it been for the sarissa spear and the phalanx formation.
Themistokles would never have achieved his status had it not been for the trireme. Agesilaos II would not have acheived his status had it not been for the hoplite phalanx. As can be seen these are a nonsense argument. It is what a general does with what he has or, in the case of Philip II, what he creates from scratch.
 
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I see that Alkibiades rates several mentions. I'd be interested in knowing what the rationale is.
 
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Themistokles would never have achieved his status had it not been for the trireme. Agesilaos II would not have acheived his status had it not been for the hoplite phalanx. As can be seen these are a nonsense argument. It is what a general does with what he has or, in the case of Philip II, what he creates from scratch.
Did themistokles and agasilaos come up with those inventions, or were they already there?
 
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Did themistokles and agasilaos come up with those inventions, or were they already there?
No, they were already in existence. Just as the phalanx existed before Philip II. As with your mention of the Agarianians, what is the point?