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  • n. Plural form of peltast.


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  • During the night he concealed a body of caetrati, whom they call peltasts, in a position between the two camps well adapted for an ambush, and instructed Athenagoras and his cavalry in case the main battle went favourably to push their advantage, but if not, to give ground slowly and draw the enemy to the place where the ambush was set.

    The History of Rome, Vol. IV

  • There were in addition 2000 caetrati, whom they call "peltasts," and contingents of the same strength were furnished by the Thracians and by the Trallians, an Illyrian tribe.

    The History of Rome, Vol. V

  • Om the other side of the phalanxes were Mercenary peltasts, then heavy cavalry, then light cavaly.

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • In the centre the imitation Romans quickly destroyed the Seleucid peltasts but were then themselves beaten by the Seleucid 2nd line.

    Camp Cromwell 01/12/08

  • They put their phalanx on the right angled towards the centre with cavalry on each flank of it, light cavalry on the left and elephants and light infantry in the centre supported by peltasts behind & charoits on their right.

    Camp Cromwell 22/04/08

  • Meanwhile they lost peltasts on their right to missile fire and all their heavy cavalry on the left of the phalanx.

    Archive 2008-09-01

  • Thus it came to pass that the barbarians first grappled with the peltasts and maintained the battle until the heavy infantry were close, when they turned and fled.


  • How impassable was the plain, had we failed to conquer their cavalry! how insurmountable the mountains already traversed by us, with all their peltasts in hot pursuit at our heels!


  • Clearchus the Lacedaemonian arrived with one thousand hoplites and eight hundred Thracian peltasts and two hundred Cretan archers.


  • The peltasts moving parallel on the high ground were similarly employed, burning everything combustible they could discover.



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