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Die Phalanx im Kampfe mit Persern.

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Wonders: Images of the Ancient World

Warfare -- Ancient

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1852 - 1898
Date Created: 1865
Library locations
Art and Picture Collection
Shelf locator: PC-WON WARF-Anc
Topics
Camels
Horses
Persians
Armies -- Greek -- To 499
Armies -- Iranian -- To 499
Warriors -- To 499
Campaigns & battles -- To 499
Genres
Bilderbogen
Notes
Content : Presenting an unbreakable hedge of spears, a tightly-packed Greek infantry formation called a phalanx impacts a Persian army, throwing it into confusion. The faces and helmets of the Greeks can be seen above their long pikes (called "sarissae"). Archers advance up the hill in the rear, using their bows to skirmish with the enemy and cover the vulnerable flanks of the body of spearmen. The Greeks' banner, with its crossbar and wreath, is an anachronism from Roman times.

Content : The artist has managed to show most of the troop types of an ancient Persian army in his scene. Note these from left to right: Both horse and camel cavalry are fighting, the armored horsemen with axes and javelins, the camel riders with bows. Light infantry skirmishers (in the foreground in soft red hats and blue-gray tunics), with javelins, shields and bow-cases/quivers are fleeing. In the center, Persian guardsman called "Immortals" can be seen fighting to hold the line. Their elite status as king's bodyguards is signified by their faceted hats (called "tiaras") and their spears with a golden apple at the butt end. A scythed chariot has lost a wheel (center right) and been abandoned with its horses, and a dead camel lies nearby. An auxiliary infantryman hacks at the Greeks from atop the chariot, while more Immortals vainly strive to hold off the enemy at the far right.

Source note: Münchener Bilderbogen, series. (Munich : Braun und Schneider, 1852-1898).
Physical Description
Form: Wood engravings ( Library of Congress Thesaurus for Graphic Materials )
Note: Hand colored.Physical details
Extent: 1 print : col. ; 17.5 x 30.5 cm.
Type of Resource
Still image
Type of Resource
Still image
Identifiers
UUID: 1716eaa0-c5c0-012f-c124-58d385a7bc34

Item timeline of events

  • 1852: Issued
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2015: Found by you!
  • 2016

MLA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Die Phalanx im Kampfe mit Persern." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1852 - 1898. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4742-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. "Die Phalanx im Kampfe mit Persern." New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed September 4, 2015. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4742-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Art and Picture Collection, The New York Public Library. (1852 - 1898). Die Phalanx im Kampfe mit Persern. Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47e4-4742-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

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Die Phalanx im Kampfe mit Persern.