Ruins of Ramnous

The Battle of
Ramnous
(circa 1150 BC)

Myceneans vs.
G
eometric Greeks

By Stefanos Skarmintzos

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According to the legends, the Mycenaean Kings held enmity against the descendants of Hercules and not only exiled them from Mycenae but ran them out of Peloponesse. The desperate refugees found sanctuary with the Athenian king Theseus, who refused to hand them over to King Eurestheas of Mycenae. The Mycenaeans invaded Attica in full force.  The Athenian army, reinforced by the battle worthy Heracleidae (Heraclids), won the day after bitter fighting.

Though the events are set before the Trojan War, I believe that the legend actually describes the opening moves that triggered the coming of the era that we know as Geometric Dark Age.
This is the reason that I set it in the time of the approximate end of the “Palace Culture” in Greece.

The Forces

Mycenae (Later Mycenaean and Trojan War, DBA 1/26) vs Athens (Geometric Greek, DBA I/30)

Game Map (ASCII)


     ==============Mycenaean Baseline=================
     h h . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . # #
     h h . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o o
     h f . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o o o
     h # f . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o o o
     H # f . . R . . . . . . . . . . f . . . . . . . F
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #
     o o o . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . S s s s s
     o o o . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . s s . . . . #
     o o . . . R . . . . . . . s s s s s . . . . . . h
     . . . . . R . . . . s M s . . . . . . . . . . h h
     . . . . . R . s s s M s M . . . . . . . . . . . h
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o o
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o o
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . o  
     . . . . . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f
     c . . . . R R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f f
     h h . . . R . R . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . f f
     h h . . . R . # R h h h . . . . . . . . . . . . f
     h o o . . R . c h R h h h h . . . . . . . . . # #
     o o . . . R . c h h Ramnous h # . . . . . . . . #
     =============== Athenian Baseline================


     SCALE: The space between each dot/letter is one inch.

     TERRAIN KEY:

     .=Good Going (Good Going)
     R=Road
     #=Rough/Broken Ground (Bad Going)
     h=Gentle Hill (Good Going)
     f=Light Wood (Bad Going)
     F=Heavy wood (impassable)
     s=Stream
     r=River (waterway)
     M=Marsh/Bog (Bad Going)
     o=Orchard/Olive Groves (Bad Going)
     c=Cliff (impassable)

Terrain Notes:  

Instead of a camp, the Athenians treat Ramnous as fortified BUA Orchards are actually olive groves. The road is the road to Athens with a detour leading to the fort.

Special Rules

None.

Victory Conditions

Normal DBA.

Background Resources

Plutrach, Apolodorus of Rhodes, and Diodorus Siculus.


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Last Update:  5 July 2006

Thanks to SS for contributing this scenario.
Comments and feedback welcome and can be sent to Chris Brantley.