Unit type Sword Infantry
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Created at Barracks
Fortified Barracks
Prerequisites Level 2 Reforms
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to none
Available to Seleucids
Ptolemaic Egyptians

Design Ideas

Stats and characteristics:

Slightly stronger than Principes Reformati, slightly weaker than Cohors Reformata.


Unit icon

Model variant 1 (representing the Seleucid version)

Model variant 2, the guy in white (representing the Ptolemaic version)

Recommend to use the same unit model for all instances of this unit as the two variations already combine the different incarnations.

(More references: 1, 2, 3)


Historically, the Machairaphoroi were an attempt of the Successor armies to keep up with the Roman military evolution and tactics. A corps of 5000 men armed in Roman fashion was exhibited at the Daphne Parade in 166 BC demonstrating the will of the Seleucid king to reform and modernize his army.

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