Ptolemy Keraunos (II/18d)
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Macedonia went through three
Kings in 279 BCE. It was a time of
assassinations and double-crosses galore! Ptolemy Keraunos was the
son of King Ptolemy I Soter, who was friend and biographer of
Alexander, and after his death king of Egypt, founder of the
Ptolemaic Dynasty. Keraunos probably started his military career as
one of Alexander's Companion Cavalrymen. He ascended the ranks to
become a 'strategoi' (Captain?) in the army of Alexander the Great.
After Alexander's death, "The Thunderbolt" (his
nickname given after he assassinated Seleucus I, a trusted friend he
stabbed in the back for his lust for POWER) became an aggressive
player in the power struggle in the most intense power vacuum the
world had yet seen.
This army attracted my attention because of its
colorful story and character and the El (Gen) element - Keraunos is
the only documented Hellenistic General to ride into battle on an
Elephant! Was he courageous, or crazy?! He fell to the Galatians in
the spring of 279 BC., when they were invading around and pillaging
a lot of Greece, which was weak, due to its lack of unity. He fell
from his Elephant and history records his head decorating a Gallic
Ptolemy Keraunos (El/Gen)
The Backbone of the Army (4Pk)
The General's Personal Guard
The Mounted Contingent (3Kn &
Open Order Footmen (3Ax)
"The Thunderbolt"'s army is a fun
one to play. With an Agression Factor of 1, he usually picks the
terrain, and he likes ALL GOOD GOING. He usually gets into personal
combat with the enemy General, and with good odds!
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Last Update: 14 July. 2005
My thanks to Mark (aka Markind)
for sharing his army.
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