|View of the table with the Cayster River in the foreground|
|Persian Sparabara & Archers|
|Athenian, Eritrean and Ionian hoplites on the Greek left flank|
|Ephesian & Milesian hoplites on the Greek right|
|Ionian Greeks and Persians close on the left flank|
|Persian medium cavalry on the left flank|
|Persian heavy cavalry|
On Friday night my mate Rick came over to my place and we played a game of Hail Caesar, fighting the Battle of Ephesus 498 BC from the Ionian Revolt. The scenario we used was based on an article by Fred Eugene Ray, 'The Battle of Ephesus- 498BC Prelude to Marathon', in Ancient Warfare Special Issue 2011: The Battle of Marathon pp.23-29. He also has a book, Land Battles in 5th Century B.C. Greece: A History and Analysis of 173 Engagements, which discusses the battle. Basically the larger Persian army crushed an Ionian Greek force of 6,000 hoplites and 1,000 psiloi and sent their Athenian and Eritrean allies scuttling back to their ships.
We diced for sides and I drew the short straw and was in command of the Ionian Greeks! Our game pretty much followed the historical outcome, with the Greek psiloi broken early by the Persian cavalry then the Persian infantry and Lydian hoplites fighting it out against the Greek hoplites. In the end we had to stop with the Greeks in a bad way and on the verge of breaking. The Athenian hoplites on the left flank were shaken, attacked to the front and flank, but still hanging on grimly. Thanks to Rick for a fun game. This is a good scenario to try out if you're sick of losing games with your Persians against Greeks!
|Action on the Greek right flank|
|Greek psiloi are ridden down by the Persian cavalry|
|The fighting continues on the left|
|Athenian hoplites hang on grimly|