A Mesopotamian version of the phalanx formation ((from the…

A Mesopotamian version of the phalanx formation ((from the “Stele of Vultures”). Phalanxes were characterized by closely packed troops wearing breastplates and helmets, carrying shields and spears. If soldiers could stay in a disciplined, tight formation, it was very difficult for their enemies to penetrate the well-armored formation with long spears bristling out. The phalanx is most associated with classical-era Greek warfare, but dates back two thousand years before that in Egypt and Sumeria.