Hello, this is going to be my first AAR and im not the best writer so i hope you'll treat me kindly. This will be a mid-game AAR with my favourite Faction which is of course the Seleucid empire. The first few chapters will have few pics because i didnt really know how to take any before today. So enjoy! and feedback or criticism of any kind is welcomed. (SORRY FOR THE GAME OF THRONES RIP-OFF NAME)
Played on H/M
Also note i mite add pictures or edit the post in between chapters so keep checking :)
1. Introduction to the Warrior Kings of Seleucia
Winter of 125 BC, inside the Great school of Antioch, a group of young nobles await their tutor, an elderly man walks in
"greetings students, my name is Menalous of Alexandria and i will replace Cleitus as your tutor. Today we begin our history lessons on the Warrior Kings of the Seleucid Empire, whom many of you are related to be blood or are direct decendants"
A few groans escaped the class. Menalous sighed. He remembered well how boring history lessons during his youth were.
"I believe Cleitus has taught you about Seleukos, the founder of our glorious empire and Antiochus I, so i will move onto Antiochus II Theos and his two brothers for today's lesson. Do you all have your papyri open? Good lets begin"
"Antiochus II Theos is possibly the greatest King of the Seleucid Empire to this day. When he inherited the Kingdom in 270 BC [lets pretend BC stands for something else ;)], there were enemies attacking from all sides and the future of seleuko's Kingdom looked bleak. In the autumn of the year of his coronation, he devised a daring plan which still puzzle many generals today. Firstly, he ordered all of the garrison troops and standing battalions between Syria and Persia to congregate at Antioch. Most Kings would not have done this as it would leave the heartlands open to rebel attacks. Then he spent the remaining treasury money on a unit of medium cavalry, 1000 strong, the prodomoi. His third order was that his older brother Alexandros Syriakos would join him at Antioch with his personal retinue of heavy cavalry. He also ordered his youngest brother Sarepedon to gather whatever forces he could and attack the Ptolemaic holdings in Asia minor and the islands of the Mediterranean.
Ah yes, why did Theodoros inherit the throne instead of his older brother Alexander you ask? simple. Alexander was deemed too incapable by Antiochus I to rule or manage the empire
Anyway, after he gathered his forces, he began one of the most brilliant campaigns in military history, only matched by those of Alexander the Great, Cyrus the Great, Hannibal, Nikeratos the reformer and perhaps Kleon of Kolesyria. His military genius was staggering and he took Sidon, Jerusalem, and Alexandria within 2 years, The battle of Alexandria shows the brilliance of Theodoros, when he won a overwhelming victory dispite being outnumbered by the Ptolemai 40 000 to 26 000. The ptolemai also had professional galatians and phalanxes while Cleon only had pandapotai phalanxes, levy slingers and the combined cavalry force of his and his brothers' retinues. The key to hs success was his ability to take cities quite quickly. He never besieged a town for more time than it took to build the siege engines. Later in his life, he was given the nickname 'Wall-Breaker"
After the siege of Alexandria and Memphis, he continued west and left Alexandros in charge of the city with instructions to arm the greeks and defend the city using the Ptolemaic treasury and start the new front south when appropriate. In a quick succession of battles, Theodoros conquered all of Africa and Libya west of Lepki including the famed oasis of Siwa and returned to Alexandria. Meanwhile his brother Sarepedon had successfully ousted the Ptolemai in Asia minor and Cyprus. What was surprising though was that he had managed to take Rhodes and Halicarnassus as well, giving the empire control of all of the southern asia minor and the eastern Mediterranean. Theodoros sent a letter of congratulations as well as a portion of the loot from Egypt to Sarepedon and asked his brother to gather a new army to invade galatia and Pergamon, two Kingdoms which had been a constant threat to their holdings in Mikra Asia. By the time Theodoros returned to Alexandria, his older brother Alexandros was already in Nubia besieging the last great Ptolemaic city of Pselkis. Soon the three brothers Theodoros, Alexandros and Sarepedon were famous for their victories and the other great empires began to tremble at the thought of facing all three brothers united. When Theodoros entered Alexandria again 2 years after he had sacked it, he recieved two messages. One good and One bad. The first message told of Sarepedon's victories over both ankyra and Pergamon. He had also expelled the Macedonians from Asia minor by taking Mytenile. The second message was grim. The armies of Pontus has crossed the border and besieged Mazaka and Ankyra with a total force of 120 000 mercenaries, levies and heavy cavalry. They had declared war on the Arche, in what would be known as the short but incredibly bloody Pontic Wars. Lets leave it here for now and we'll continue tomorrow"