During the late Republic (88-30 BC) and the Augustan period, Crete was gradually eclipsed by men from other, much more populous, regions subjugated by the Romans with strong archery traditions. These included Thrace, Anatolia and above all, Syria. Of the 32 sagittarii units attested in mid 2nd century, 13 have Syrian names, 7 Thracian, 5 from Anatolia, 1 from Crete and the remaining 6 of other or uncertain origin.
mikeland wrote:Forgive my ignorance. Are these suitable for the invasion of Britton? I am assuming the name eastern archers comes from where they originated not where they fought. I am in two minds about getting these because I love the look of them, or the western ones to match the auxiliaries.
mikeland wrote:Thanks guys. I was thinking of the AD 43 Claudian one. I will get some of them then!
Correus wrote:mikeland wrote:Thanks guys. I was thinking of the AD 43 Claudian one. I will get some of them then!
That's what I figured, but one must remember that Caesar at least tried!
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