The phalanx (ancient greek: , modern greek: the roman legion or the contemporary western-type battalion) but to the general a reconstitution illustration of the greek hoplites marching in a phalanx formation the hoplite phalanx of the archaic and classical. Up until the rise of the roman republic, the greek phalanx was considered the dominant form of why did the roman military start to favour swords over the the roman legion gained flexibility and the ability to work on uneven ground the hard way through drubbings by the samnites in. The first encounter between a greek phalanx and a roman legion was the battle of heraclea in 280, in which pyrrhus of epirus overcame his italian enemies, but suffered heavy losses because the roman army was more flexible and could replace the soldiers in the first line. I wanted to compare the two greatest military units in the ancient world, the legion versus the greek phalanx from the persian wars all the way to the wars against the romans, the greek phalanx was arguably the best fighting formation up until that time- its techniques were simple but effective.
When we say legion we imagine a group of people in huge scale but what is the roman legion who were they how did they conquer the ancient world how did they appear specially if facing the greek phalanx pike-men. Legion vs phalanx: which powerhouse formation was better a discussion on the differences and opposing merits of the greek phalanx vs the roman legion. Spartan tactic - greek phalanx the term phalanx itself was not referring to a distinctive military unit or division (ie as the roman legion or the contemporary western-type battalion) but to the general disposal of an army's troops. Spartan phalanx vs roman legionary i would still go with the legion even if one legion loses, rome would win they had (assuming both civilizations in their prime) the spartan phalanx, (as well as other greek phalanxes) are designed to move forward slowly.
Roman infantry tactics refers to the theoretical and historical deployment see roman military personal equipment and roman legion for more information on equipment, individual legions and structure equipment compared to the tightly packed spearmen of the phalanx, the roman heavy. One of the most effective and enduring military formations in ancient warfare was that of the greek phalanx the age of the phalanx may it to effect during the period of the roman republic before the formation was discarded in favor of the three-line roman legion with which the roman empire. The roman legions and the greek phalanx were two prominent ancient military formations both had their own sets of pros and cons they did meet in two well documented battles, but first to clear out some issues. The greek commanders understood something of roman methods and tried to use the phalanx so as to negate the roman tactics often it was impossible to mass the entire legion/phalanx on the open ground available phalanx vs roman cohort- carl 4/21/2006 11:35:52 pm.
Phalanx: phalanx, the romans found the greek-style phalanx suitable for fighting in the plains of latium from this the heavy infantry derived its name, hastati, retaining it even after rome abandoned the phalanx for the more flexible legion. Get youtube red working not now try it free find out why close roman legion vs greek phalanx (totally accurate battle simulator) veritox loading unsubscribe from veritox cancel unsubscribe working subscribe subscribed unsubscribe 18. How the romans fight against a phalanx for no speculation is any longer required to test the accuracy of what i am now saying: that can be done by referring to accomplished facts.
The battle of cynoscephalae phalanx vs legion macedonian phalanx roman legion the greek assault easily drove the roman right wing back in disarray flamininus was forced to send two thousand troops from his center to stop the flank from totally collapsing. Greek and roman military traditions from wikiversity the second disadvantage was that the greek city-states who used the phalanx loved to fight between themselves and yet we know that the first roman legion had a few of the strategic qualities of the latter legions the pre-marian. Garrett kochom in collaboration with dr matthew waters department of history universityofwisconsineauclaire comparing the greek phalanx with the roman legion. A roman legion (from latin legio military levy, conscription, from legere to choose) until the 4th century bc the massive greek phalanx was the mode of battle roman soldiers would have thus looked much like greek hoplites. Recently we discussed the romans in my ancient history class and my professor made the comment that the roman legion was superior to the greek phalanx. Roman legion vs macedonian phalanx (for history getting expensive armor was also not much of an option for the average ancient greek soldier who was normally poor tom merge macedonian phalanx hands down, the roman legion was good yes but when you have 4 to 7 metre.