Unit type Spear Infantry
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Created at Barracks
Fortified Barracks
Prerequisites Level 1 Reforms
Upgrades from Hoplitai (Epirotes)
Upgrades to Hoplitai Indohellenikoi (Bactrians)
Available to Seleucids
Ptolemaic Egyptians

Hellenistic spear unit that does not suffer the same penalties as spear infantry against infantry. Always use ranged cavalry to take these buggers out.


Historically, the Thorakitai were a further improvement over the Thureophoroi. They were a product of the Roman and Celtic influence over the Hellenistic armies during the late 3rd century BC. This type of infantry was not much widespread at first, but as the contacts with the Romans intensified they came to prominence.

Little has survived to us through the ages, but clues from tombs and sculptures suggest that Thorakitai were primarily heavy infantry, armed to fight with spear and sword, and as their name suggests, were kitted out with cuirasses ie "thorax armour". It is suggested that these units were armed not with a traditional Greek aspis, but with a thureos, which would have made them lighter and thus more mobile.