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Mercenaries Were Everywhere in the Ancient Greek World

With the Wagner Group security crisis currently unfolding in Russia, mercenaries are all over the news, but soldiers for hire are nothing new; in fact, they were ubiquitous across the ancient Greek world. More often than not, the citizen-soldier hoplite...

Alexander the Great’s Elite Companion Cavalry

During his campaigns, Alexander the Great relied on a variety of military units for tactical success; the most prestigious of these units were the Companions, the elite mounted shock cavalry of the Macedonian army. The Companion Cavalry, known in Greek...

Millennia-Old Teeth Challenge Military History of Ancient Greece

New evidence challenges the military history of ancient Greece suggesting that armies used mercenaries to fight wars.