The battles certainly showcase the manipular legions flexibility over the powerful but stiff macedonian phalanx but it would have been impossible with all the different variables to find a perfect battlefield matchup of the two formations. Until that is the roman legion emerged to challenge them as masters of infantry battle covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed 280 168 bc myke cole delves into their tactics arms and equipment organization and deployment. In legion versus phalanx cole weighs the two fighting forces against each other covering the period in which the legion and phalanx clashed 280 168 bc he looks at each formation in detail delving into their tactics arms and equipment organization and the deployment. The battle is considered one of the best examples of manipular roman legion superiority over the macedonian phalanx in terms of flexibility and combat maneuvering. From the time of ancient sumeria the heavy infantry phalanx dominated the battlefield armed with spears or pikes standing shoulder to shoulder and with overlapping shields they presented an impenetrable wall of metal to the enemy until the roman legion eclipsed the phalanx as the masters of
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