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Spear, Polearm, Blade, Persia, Classical, Middle East
Herodotus wrote about the elite corps of Persian warriors he called the Athanatoi, the 'Immortals' who fought in the Persian Wars of 480 BC: “…a body of picked Persians under the leadership of Hydarnes the son of Hydarnes. This corps was known as the Immortals, because it was invariably kept up to strength; if a man was killed or fell sick, the vacancy he left was at once filled, so that the total strength of the corps was never less -and never more- than ten thousand.” -Herodotus, The Histories The historians of Alexander the Great described warriors called “apple bearers” carrying spears with counterweights at the end fashioned of silver or gold, shaped like an apple or a pomegranate. The Persians own surviving records do not mention a corps called the Immortals, but we do have images of spears with metal counterweights clearly visible in ancient Persian artwork from this period.
The famous "archer's frieze" from King Darius palace at Suza, Persia (now Iran) from 510 BC., today in the Louvre Artistic reproduction of one of the Spears from the ‘Frieze of Archers”, Persia, 5th Century BC
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