December 10th, 2014
Warlord Games expands their Hail Caesar line with the release of a pair of Greek generals: Demosthenes and Theagenes.
Demosthenes, son of Alcisthenes, was an Athenian general during the Peloponnesian War. He led the attempted Athenian invasion of Aetolia, before seeing-off the Spartan forces under the command of Eurylochus at Olpae – a formidable leader.
In 413 BC, Demosthenes accompanied Eurymedon, and a fleet of 73 ships and 5,000 Hoplites to Syracus, in Sicily – where they launched a bold night attack on the Syracusan forces – they had initial success, but the attack later fell into disarray – with the Athenians eventually being routed by the Spartans.
Theagenes was most famed for his act of slaughtering great flocks of rich folk. This is widely believed to have been a method of gaining the confidence and trust of his people – who distrusted the rich. He put great droves of his own people to death, in order to feed their hostility to one another – and gain the support of the more numerous poor.