| Machimoi Hippeis|
(Native Egyptian Horse Skirmisher)
|Unit type||Shock Cavalry|
|Base cost||160 Food, 220 Wealth, 180 Metal|
|Ramping cost||11 Wealth|
|Creation time||48 seconds|
|Line of sight||4|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Available to||Ptolemaic Egyptians|
Possibly more useful than the Machimoi Peltastai and Epilektoi would be the Machimoi Hippeis, or "Machimoi horse". In contrast to the Epilektoi and Peltastai who only have a training time advantage over the Greek Hippakontistai, Machimoi Hippies are now truly something to talk about. Armed with javelins and more easily trained, they now can be used to supplement or replace outright the costly mercenary bands that the Egyptian player is forced to train.
Whilst they aren somewhat weaker, the ability to raise Machomoi Hippeis in the blink of an eye makes them a potential force multiplier, but one should be wary of horse civilisations, such as the Celtiberians, Numidians, Arverni and those enfants terribles, the Sarmatians and Parthians. Machimoi Hippeis may be useful in attacking Seleucid phalanx formations or Elephantes Liboukoi, but are thoroughly worthless if attacked by cavalry units with substantially better stats. If for instance you find that the foe has bands of Aursa Uaezdaettae you are better advised to run away, and leave the fighting to your Thureophoroi.
The Lagid dynasts were wary of arming native Egyptians, and had actually suffered native rebellions before — the largest of these was the so-called Great Egyptian Revolt or Theban Revolt of 205-186BCE, and was sufficiently severe in that it resulted in the whole of Upper Egypt breaking off, and could be ended only with immense bloodshed. Hence, the Ptolemaic pharaohs as a rule refused to arm the local populace unlike the Carthaginians, instead preferring to rely on foreigners such as Celts, Thracians or itinerant Greeks to serve in the army. Only when this source of manpower was cut off by the Romans did the Lagids then consider raising native Egyptians to fight for them, but by then it was too late.