The Phalanx

September 30, 2008 at 1:48 am

The phalanx was a rectangular shaped unit of soldiers standing tightly together several ranks deep. The men were armed with long spears or pikes, and frequently carried large shields as well.
The battle line was formed by placing one phalanx next to another. If manpower, allowed a second phalanx line was formed behind the first.
The first documented use of the phalanx is found on a Sumerian stele dating from 2450 BC. Egyptian Pharaoh’s armies also employed this formation.

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