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Cilician Campaign (331 BC)
Greeks and Persians
Campaign: Alexander's Invasion of Persia
Date: 331 BC
Place: Province of Cilicia, Persian Empire
Outcome: Greek victory
Combatants

Macedon 2 Macedon

Persia Persian Empire

Commanders

Alexander the Great

Sabaces

Strength

2,000 Macedonian scout cavalry
2,500 Hypaspists
1,000 Greek archers
2,000 Silver Shield Guards

6,400 Medean infantry
800 nomad archers
800 Sparabaras
2,200 Kurdish Javelinmen

Casualties

2,400 killed

10,200 killed

The Cilician Campaign was the conquest of the Province of Cilicia by Alexander the Great in 331 BC from the Persian Empire.

Battle

Alexander, conscripting a massive, well-trained army, invaded the Province of Cilicia in Asia Minor, held by thousands of Persian troops, mainly consisting of Medean infantry. The Silver Shield Guard, now the core of Alexander's army, cut the Medean conscripts down like grass, and the Macedonian Scout Cavalry cut the archers and javelinmen to ribbons in a classical victory.

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