The Macedonian Sarissa, Spear, and Related Armor

@article{Markle1977TheMS,
  title={The Macedonian Sarissa, Spear, and Related Armor},
  author={Minor Millikin Markle},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  year={1977},
  volume={81},
  pages={323 - 339}
}
  • M. Markle
  • Published 22 January 1977
  • History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
Adoption of the sarissa, or long lance, by Macedonian infantry and cavalry brought about important changes in military tactics. To understand these developments, it is necessary to be clear about the limitations of size and weight of the sarissa, since these factors determined how the weapon could be wielded in battle. When it is established how the sarissa had to be handled, then one can conceive more accurately both the advantages and weaknesses of military formations armed in this manner… 

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