Ancient Warfare Answers (256): Did any armies use field artillery against the Macedonian phalanx?

Jacob wonders, 'if field artillery was ever used against a Macedonian-style phalanx? If not, why not? The close formation and immobility of the phalanx would leave it extremely susceptible to scorpion, ballista, etc fire.' Enjoy the Podcast? Join us on Patreon.

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Having heard and read so much about Phillip’s & Alexander’s training of the Macedonian phalanx as to becoming flexible in maneuvering difficult battle landscapes as well as proficient when encountering lateral attacks, I remain skeptical about the devastating results in both Cynocephaly and Pinda battles. Was it hubris in the part of Phillip and later his son Perseus or lax training which resulted in both battles’ outcome?

Manos Kavadias

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