Battle Of Ipsus

BATTLE OF IPSUS WAS IN 301 BC IN THE LOCATION OF: IPSUS PHYRGIA

BEGINNING KINGDOMS

THE RESULT WAS A DECISIVE COALITION VICTORY

PAUL K. DAVIS WRITES, “IPSUS WAS THE HIGH POINT OF THE STRUGGLE AMONG ALEXANDER THE GREAT’S SUCCESSORS TO CREATE AN INTERNATIONAL HELLENISTIC EMPIRE, WHICH ANTIGONUS FAILED TO DO”

ANTIGONOUS MONOPHTALMUS

DEMETRIUS(SON)

VS

CASSANDER(MACEDON)

LYSIMACHUS(THRACE)

SELEUCUS NICATOR(BABYLON & PERSIA)

 

ANTIGONOUS&DEMETIUS          COALITION

INFANTRY: 70,000  VS                    64,000

CALVARY: 10,000   VS                      10,500

ELEPHANTS: 75             VS              400

CHARIOTS: N/A             VS               120

 

DEMETRIUS DROVE OFF ANTIOCHUS CALVARY BUT CHASED TOO FAR AND WAS UNABLE TO RETURN DUE TO 300 ELEPHANTS OF SELEUCUS BLOCKING HIS RETURN THIS ULTIMATELY LEFT ANITGONOUS’S FLANK UNPROTECTED.Battle Of Ipsus

SELEUCUS NOTICING HAD HIS EXTRA CALVARY RUN AROUND AND FIRE ARROWS FROM THE SKY ON THE IMMOVABLE PHALANX

SELEUCUS, OBSERVING THAT HIS OPPONENTS’ PHALANX WAS UNPROTECTED BY CAVALRY, TOOK MEASURES ACCORDINGLY. HE DID NOT ACTUALLY CHARGE UPON THEM, BUT KEPT THEM IN FEAR OF A CHARGE BY CONTINUALLY RIDING AROUND THEM, THUS GIVING THEM AN OPPORTUNITY TO COME OVER TO HIS SIDE. AND THIS WAS WHAT ACTUALLY CAME TO PASS….(PLUTARCH, DEMETRIUS 29, 3)

ANTIGONOUS WAS ULTIMATELY KILLED BY JAVELINS WAITING ON THE RETURN OF HIS SON. 

ATINGONID FORCES COLLAPSED AND  ANTIGONOUS SOLDIERS WERE GIVEN THE CHOICE TO RETREAT, FIGHT TO THE DEATH, OR TO RUN. AFTER THE BATTLE HAD CLEARLY BEEN LOST DEMETRIUS FLED TO EPHESUS

THIS BATTLE WAS THE ULTIMATE DECIDING FACTOR OF ALEXANDERS KINGDOM

DIODORUS SAYS THAT “THE ELEPHANTS OF ANTIGONUS AND LYSIMACHUS FOUGHT AS IF NATURE HAD MATCHED THEM EQUALLY IN COURAGE AND STRENGTH”

THE ELEPHANTS PLAYED A PIVOTAL ROLE IN THE BATTLE BY

BLOCKING THE RETURN

FRIGHTENING THE HORSES

IT IS SAID THE SELEUCUS WAS CALLED THE “KING OF THE ELEPHANTS” AMONGST HIS DRUNKEN FRIENDS.

THIS IS A IMAGE OF THE KINGDOMS AFTER ANTIGONOUS LAND WAS SPLIT.

 Kingdoms

HTTP://WWW.LIVIUS.ORG/IO-IZ/IPSUS/IPSUS.HTML

HTTP://WWW.THEARTOFBATTLE.COM/BATTLE-OF-IPSUS-301-BC.HTM

HTTP://WWW.BRITANNICA.COM/EBCHECKED/TOPIC/293298/BATTLE-OF-IPSUS

http://www.heritage-history.com/?c=read&author=guerber&book=greeks&story=ipsus

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