Ptolemaic Egyptian Soldier

Ptolemaic Egyptian Soldier

The machimoi were soldiers of native Egyptian heritage during the Ptolemaic period, when Egypt was under the control of an originally Macedonian dynasty. They would have occupied a lower “auxiliary” position in the army and served under Greco-Macedonian commanders, whereas soldiers of Greek and Macedonian heritage occupied the elite ranks. It was a bit like how African-American soldiers in the Civil War tended to fight under white commanders.

I believe the upper garment my machimoi is wearing is supposed to be padded linen. You may recognize it from certain computer games like Rome II: Total War, although truthfully I haven’t ever seen it depicted in Egyptian art. I presume it would have been a recent development after various foreign conquests like those of the Ptolemies.


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