Assault Tetreres - Mercenary Carthaginian HoplitesRamming attacks from these ships inflict terrible damage.
The sons of Carthage are men worthy of the name "hoplite".
There is a good deal of debate as to how large ancient warships worked; the principles are understood, but the details are not always so clear. A Roman 'quadreme' or Greek 'tetreres' would seem to have four rows of oars if the name is translated literally. However, it is unclear how four sets of oars each with one rower apiece could be used without them getting in a terrible tangle even with a magnificently trained crew, or how the top set of rowers would be able to handle the extremely long oars pitched at a steep angle and still produce any power. The chances are that the term 'oar' had become synonymous with 'rower' and that the lowest bank had more than one man per oar. The other option was to go back to a double row of oars, with two men apiece. Two banks of oars would also have made for a cheaper construction task for each ship. Either way, the result was a ship that could rival the lighter trireme in speed, yet had more deck space for a large fighting contingent or artillery pieces.
(Mercenary Carthaginian Hoplites)
Recruited from among descendants of Phoenician settlers and the native Lebu, Garamantian, and Berber peoples of the Sahara these troops were the largest non-mercenary Carthaginian contingent in the army. Colonising the African coast from around the 1st millennium BC, the Phoenicians founded Carthage and other cities, later known as Leptis Magna and Sabratha. Important trading centres, they acted alongside Tingis, which was founded by their Carthaginian descendants, and the Greek colony of Cyrene as gateways into Africa and the western Mediterranean. By the 5th century BC, however, the three Libyan cities had passed under the control and protection of Carthage and its mercantile dominance. Mixing together a variety of eastern and Saharan customs, and influenced by contact with much of the Mediterranean through their trading network, the Liby-Phoenicians were varied in their style of dress and armament.
Unit NameAssault Tetreres - Mercenary Carthaginian Hoplites
Main Unit Keyinv_greek_four_mercenary_carthaginian_hoplites
Land Unit Keyinv_mercenary_carthaginian_hoplites
Naval Unit Keygreek_four
Custom Battle Cost600
├ Melee Weaponrome_spear_anti_cav
├ Melee Damage Base15
├ Melee Damage Ap5
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large30
├ Bonus vs Elephants30
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence24
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence15
└ Shield Armour45
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points5
- Row Hard 20
Increases speed for 20 strokes.
- Hoplite Wall
The unit moves into close wall formation.
Bracing, melee defence, shield strength
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
- Formation Attack
The unit will try to stay in formation when in melee.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
- Resistant to Heat
This unit tires less quickly in the desert.
Strengths & WeaknessesAssault Tetreres
- Average hull strength
- Medium crew
- Average speed
- Average ramming
- Average boarding
- Very good defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Average attack
- Good morale