It may have been carried by guard regiments or the 2 -3 ranks behind the sparabara, as shown above.
All members of this guard fell at Plataea defending their position.
Also did these Scythians using these serve in the Persian armies or ever face Alexander? The fully armed Achaemenid Cavalry horseman The cavalry had been instrumental in conquering subject lands, and it retained its importance to the last days of the Achaemenid empire.
Although referred to as 'Egyptian blue', it was used throughout the middle east region, Egypt, Mycenae and the later Roman empire.
Long lances made of wood or entirely of metal, oval shields, and spears were also used.
Here they held the charging hoplites at bay long enough for some 30,000 troops to escape out to sea.
The akinakes shown above, has the characteristic mount which allowed the wearer to suspend the weapon from a belt on the right side.
By the time of Alexander's invasion cataphract units with both men and beasts being fully encased in armour were already in use by the Persians.