jeudi 8 septembre 2016

[List II/20d] Later Ptolemaïc (Antoinius and Cleopatra)

This is the army mounted by my second son, Quentin. It represents the army of Antoine and Cleopatra during the civil war which saw the victory of Octave and the beginning of the Roman principality.

The solid backbone of the army consists of Blades / Blades (Roman legionaries and imitation Legionnaires lagides) supported by a small but formidable hellenistic phalanx. The mounted troops represent only one type of secondary troop but very useful (riders, light cavalrymen and generals classified as knights) Many thureophores (brigands and pirates) ensure a control of the difficult terrain, supported by some slingers.

An army that is not mobile but interesting to play as soon as it manages to lean on the ground.

Marcus Antonius and co

Antonius's gallic cavarlrymen
Light cavalry
Antonius' legionaries

Egyptian phalangists

Roman trained egyptian infantry

Brigands and pirats


Cleopatra, the last queen of Egypt, famous for her legendary beauty and her famous nose, first seduces Caesar, the victor, of whom she has a son, Caesarion. When Caesar died under the blows of a knife of the conspiracy of Brutus, the Roman Empire was divided into three. The East returns to Marc Antoine, the West to Octave and Africa to Lepidus. Heir to the eastern lands, Marc Antoine falls madly in love with the Queen of Egypt. Seductive and courageous, his ambition always pushed him towards the powerful rulers of Rome. She falls under the spell of the intrepid Marc Antoine.

Their love is synonymous with splendor, feasts, conquests, and grandiose festivals. Cultivated, endowed with a sharpened and beautiful political sense, Cleopatra works for her kingdom to which she dreams of offering an autonomous power. Marc Antoine and his perception of the Roman Empire, somewhat disturbed by his love for her, imply him more and more in the conflicts that oppose him to Octave. She is her inspiration and together they conquer jealous territories.

The queen's grip displeased at Rome. (...)

Cleopatra gives him three children: Alexander Helios, Cleopatra Selene the twins, and Phila Delphi. A pitiless queen, her intelligence and her eagerness to restore to Egypt her past splendours, put her at the forefront. It reformed the monetary system, sanitized trade, and broke Roman monopolies. She wants to be a free queen despite her attachment to Marc Antoine.

The couple identifies with Isis and Osiris and thus writes his legend. Nothing seems to stop them. The ancient Egyptian power reappeared thanks to Cleopatra. But the pressure of Rome intensifies. The idea spreads that she is the evil genius of Marc Anthony and that it jeopardizes the power of the Roman Empire. Octave, exasperated by their behavior, declared war to them to assert his authority in the eyes of the people of Rome.

(...) Cleopatra anticipating the unfortunate end of the conflict prefers to flee, which contributes to blackening with the Roman army the beautiful image of conquerors that she shares with Marc Antoine. The defeated lovers return to their stronghold of Egypt. (...) Marc Antoine learns that Cleopatra committed suicide. He does not know that this is only a rumor. Desperate, he puts an end to his days by turning his sword against him. Octave dreams of bringing Cleopatra back to Rome, and of humiliating the insolent man who has stood in his way. Lost without her lover, the Queen of Egypt prefers to die and keep her dignity. She asks a servant to bring her a basket of figs in which there is a venomous snake. In a last heroic gesture, she plunges her hand into the basket and dies, mortally stung, on the tomb of Marc Antoine taking with her the glories of the glorious Egypt.(...)

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