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orion-list 1QM Col. ix.3-5; Origins of different working hypotheses .
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I hope this will help to understand why I see through different glasses...
1QM Col. ix.3-5 (additions in square brackets mine)
(Wise, Abegg & Cook translation)
... all the infantry shall go out to them from the midst of the front battle
lines and stand, six divisions in addition to the division which is engaged
in battle: *altogether*, seven battle lines, twenty-eight thousand soldiers,
and six thousand horsemen [i.e., four lines per strategiai/legion, therefore
214.28571 cavalry per thousand foot instead of the expected 250.]
... all infantry-men [of the corps] shall go out towards them from the
midpoint of their [battalion] frontlines. Six [over-heavy] battalions shall
take up position together with the battalion which is fighting, seven lines
*in all*, [see col. v.3-5; vi.8-11, i.e., seven thousand warriors and
seventeen fifty on horse of a single corps?] twenty-eight thousand warriors
and six thousand on horse [i.e., see above]
(Maier translation - English translation mine)
... all men of the intermediate troops from [the midst/middle gates of?]
their battle lines [i.e., 'lights' or 'picked troops'] will go out to them,
and then there stand six detachments [i.e., brigades] and the fighting
detachment, *all* (together) seven battle lines, [i.e., see above]
twenty-eight thousand warriors, and the mounted six thousand [i.e., see
(my own trial)
... all the men of the echelons (of the corps) [i.e., the remaining brigades
of the infantry together with their wing cavalry] will go out to them from
the midst of their battle lines [i.e., closing of the ranks?], and then
there stand six detachments [i.e., brigades] and the fighting detachment,
*all* seven battle lines, [i.e., see above] twenty-eight thousand warriors
and six thousand on horse [i.e., see above].
It is possible that the redactor draws upon a legion in a text which
reflects the organizational schemata of the Hellenistic corps in col. v. et
passim. The similarities between the earlier stages of redaction and the
Seleucid organization during Lysias' march to Beith Zacharia are utmost
remarkable; see Bar-Kochva_The Seleucid Army_pp.174ff.
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