Thursday 16 February 2023

The Late Judaean

During the reign of Caesar Augustus, the Late Judaean frequently found themselves at odds with each other and the neighbouring entities such as the Nabataean, the city-state of Emesa. On the death of Herod, the Great in 1 BC, Augustus honoured the division of the kingdom to his surviving sons thereby establishing the ethnarchs of Judea, Samaria and Idumea*.

The result, of the division led to rivalry expanding to armed conflict (Josephus) drawing neighbouring entities into its disputes.

The miniatures

This is the second army created from elements left over from a recent sale. All are Old Glory 15mm miniatures and refurbishing them on their original bases sped up the process. Clothing and shield colours vary as this best reflects a mix of regular, militia and irregular units.

Additional figures are planned to add variation, such as more skirmishers and some rioting mob. The latter will prove useful forming a basis for the Jewish Revolt.

*Idumaea and the Idumeans (Wiki):

Better known by the Greek name Idumaea, Hebron, their chief city, was taken by Judas Maccabeus in 165 B.C. (1 Maccabees 4:29, 61; 5:65). In 126 B.C. the country was subdued by John Hyrcanus, who compelled the people to become Jews and to submit to circumcision. Antipater, governor of Idumaea, was made procurator of Judea, Samaria and Galilee by Julius Caesar. He paved the way to the throne for his son Herod the Great. 

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