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During the wars following the death of Alexander, Eumenes found himself fighting Antigonos Monopthalmos (Will 1984, 40–46; Braund 2003, 24–25). Before the final battle in the region of Gabiene, Antigonos dispatched a cavalry force to capture Eumenes’ baggage train, which included the wives and families of the soldiers. 12–44 [Geer 1947–54]; Plutarch Eumenes 16–19 [Perrin 1919b]; Will 1984, 45). Antigonos deliberately struck at the baggage train not simply to gain booty, but to break the fighting spirit of his opponents, as the surviving accounts make clear.
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Antigonos deliberately struck at the baggage train not simply to gain booty, but to break the fighting spirit of his opponents, as the surviving accounts make clear. The battle of Gabiene shows that Hellenistic commanders were not only aware of the importance of women and families to their soldiers, but would actively exploit that feeling if the opportunity arose. Fighting Women in the Greek World Beyond noncombatant support there is enough evidence for women taking an active role in combat to assume that for the Greeks it was nothing terribly unusual.