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The Sea Peoples - Bronze Age Mediterrenean Raiders

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The Sea Peoples were a confederation of tribes from around the Mediterranean islands, the Aegean, Anatolia, Balkans and Levant. These tribes included the Sherden, Lukka, Peleset, Tjekker, Sheklesh, Dardani, Weshwesh, Teresh and Ekwesh. These tribes were a constant menace as pirate sea raiders who attacked Greece, Cyprus, Hittite coasts, Phoenicia, Canaan and Egypt. They were often hired as mercenaries. A huge confederation attacked Egypt at the end of the New Kingdom by land and sea.

The Sea Peoples fought Egypt, the Hittites, the Phoenicians and Canaanites, the Mycenaeans and Trojans and as Philistines against the Hebrews.

Our Sea Peoples were sculpted by Michael and Alan Perry. 

Army Organisation - Various tribal warbands and contingents.

Best Troops - Excellent hand to hand infantry swordsmen. Powerful fleet.

Typical Allies & Mercenaries - Libyans.

Terrain - Homeland; rugged islands and coasts. Invaded Nile delta, Libyan desert, Phoenician coast, Cyprus.

Hypothetical Encounters - Sea Peoples vs Mycenaeans, vs Bronze age Europeans in western Mediterranean or Balkans. vs Solomon’s Israelites

 

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Skin Tones - Mediterranean complexion, dark hair.

Clothing - White linen or leather kilts, with coloured fringes and borders.

Weapons & Armour - Bronze.  Sheet Dendra style armour in various styles.

Shields - Leather bucklers with several bronze bosses.

Chariots & Horses - As Aegean, Hittite or Egyptian types.

Standards - Little known about standards, probably like Mycenaean ones.

Bases - Desert, beach, rugged bare ground with tufts of coarse grass & stones.

Text by Nigel Stillman.

 

 



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