Commagene (163-17 AD & 38-72 AD)
|4Kn (Gen option)||Cataphracts would probably fully armored. The General's stand should be made to look terribly pompous, to match Antiochos' ego.|
|2LH||The DBM list suggests that the two LH units are Tarantine mercenaries and irregular horse archers, so that's easy: A unit of shielded, javelin-armed regulars and a stand of Parthian horse archers.|
|4Pk (Gen option)||The two (or four) stands of pikes seem self-explanatory, other than they should probably have very long pikes, as was typical in the late-Hellenistic era.|
|4Aux or 3Bw or 2Ps (optional)||The option for a stand of 4Aux looks to be the ever-present unit of mercenary peltasts. I am guessing that the units of Bows and Psiloi would look like a levy of non-descript archers, akin to Parthian, Armenian or Sassanid foot. Give them a dusty, haggard look, as these are probably the same poor sods whose day-jobs are spent dragging all those stones up Mt. Nemrud to make those monstrous statues!|
How the appearance of the army might have changed during its First Century AD revival, I can only guess. Perhaps the stand of 4Ax would look more like a unit of Roman auxilia?
A camp for this army might feature a stone quarry or a stone-cutters' workshop, with blocks of limestone lying about.
If readers have additional insights into the army of this obscure kingdom, I would be eager to hear from you. I concede I have not done exhaustive research on this topic; my Latin just isn't what it used to be. Contact Paul A. Hannah at PAHannah@aol.com.
My thanks to Paul Hannah for this essay. Comments, questions or suggested additions to this page can be sent to Chris Brantley, IamFanaticus@gmail.com.
Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2001