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Unpainted Plastic

Unpainted Plastic

Cyrus the Great and Persian Light Cavalry
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Cyrus the Great and Persian Light Cavalry (5 unpainted soft plastic figures with "ring hands" allowing the placement of a variety of weapons plus 5 horses) Expeditionary Force | EXP60PSN05Y-a $42.50

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Unpainted Plastic 60mm (about 2 3/8 inches high)

This is the second version of the set, and includes an optional conversion of one of the the models into the legendary leader, Cyrus the Great. Figures are cast with "ring hands", allowing the placement of a variety of weapons in their grasp. Persia's light cavalrymen were famed as the greatest horse soldiers of their age. These unarmored troops carried bows, javelins and axes, and were meant to scout for the army, skirmish with opposing cavalrymen and pursue fleeing units. The troops are cast in tan colored plastic and are in perfect scale to Expeditionary Force's Greeks, as well as Toy Soldiers of San Diego's and Fencibles' ancient-era figures. Set includes one officer and 4 unarmored cavalrymen which can be equipped with bows, swords or javelins. Horses, cast in a variety of colors, should be glued to their bases.

Cyrus II of Persia (Old Persian: 𐎤𐎢𐎽𐎢𐏁 Kūruš; Kourosh;[5] New Persian: کوروش Kuruš; Hebrew: כורש, Modern: Kōréš, Tiberian: Kōréš; c. 600–530 BC),[6] commonly known as Cyrus the Great,[7] and also called Cyrus the Elder by the Greeks, was the founder of the Achaemenid Empire, the first Persian Empire.[8] Under his rule, the empire embraced all the previous civilized states of the ancient Near East,[8] expanded vastly and eventually conquered most of Western Asia and much of Central Asia. From the Mediterranean Sea and Hellespont in the west to the Indus River in the east, Cyrus the Great created the largest empire the world had yet seen.[9] Under his successors, the empire eventually stretched at its maximum extent from parts of the Balkans (Bulgaria-Paeonia and Thrace-Macedonia) and Eastern Europe proper in the west, to the Indus Valley in the east. His regal titles in full were The Great King, King of Persia, King of Anshan, King of Media, King of Babylon, King of Sumer and Akkad, and King of the Four Corners of the World. The Nabonidus Chronicle notes the change in his title from simply "King of Anshan", a city, to "King of Persia". Assyriologist François Vallat wrote that "When Astyages marched against Cyrus, Cyrus is called ‘King of Anshan’, but when Cyrus crosses the Tigris on his way to Lydia, he is ‘King of Persia’. The coup therefore took place between these two events."[10]

The reign of Cyrus the Great lasted c. 30 years. Cyrus built his empire by first conquering the Median Empire, then the Lydian Empire, and eventually the Neo-Babylonian Empire. He led an expedition into Central Asia, which resulted in major campaigns that were described as having brought "into subjection every nation without exception".[11] Cyrus did not venture into Egypt, and was alleged to have died in battle, fighting the Massagetae along the Syr Darya in December 530 BC.[12][13]









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