Greco-Persian gems: Persian subjects - warfare

The opponents are various races within the Persian empire, including Greeks, who are generally shown naked, and most of the fighting schemes are those developed in Greek art.

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A Persian king defeats a Greek hoplite, whose helmeted head is shown frontally.

Once Arndt Collection 1410, from Caria. Onyx scaraboid. 16mm. GGFR pl. 849.

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A Persian horseman rides down a Greek hoplite.

Rome, Villa Giulia, from Bolsena. Chalcedony scaraboid. 28mm. GGFR pl. 881.

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A Persian horseman attacks two Scythian (pointed caps) riders.

St Petersburg 375, from Asia Minor. Blue chalcedony scaraboid. 30mm. GGFR pl. 882.

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Three Persian soldiers.

Paris, Bibl.Nat. N 3621. Blue chalcedony scaraboid. 21mm. GGFR pl. 877.

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A Persian horseman attacks two Scythians in a chariot.

London, Walters, no. 435, from Mesopotamia. Cornelian scaraboid, cut on the convex back. 24mm. GGFR pl. 864.


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