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Battle of Mazaca
Greeks and Persians
Conflict: Conquests of Alexander
Date: 331 BC
Place: Mazaca, Province of Cappadocia
Outcome: Persian victory
Combatants

Macedon Macedon

Persia Persian Empire

Commanders

Alexander the Great

Ariarathes

Strength

1,200 Macedonian scout cavalry
2,400 Hypaspists
900 Greek archers
3,000 Silver Shield Guards

1,800 tribal cavalry
3,400 Sparabaras
5,800 Kurdish javelinmen

Casualties

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The Battle of Mazaca was an engagement fought between the armies of Alexander the Great and Ariarathes in the Province of Cappadocia in the Persian Empire.

Battle

Alexander and his army fought the Persian Army, who were made up of Sparabaras and many other units, jumbled from around the empire. Alexander's silver shield guards, who were the core of his army, performed well, but the Persians mobilized quicker and stormed Alexander's camp quicker, although the Greeks inflicted heavy losses on them first.

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