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Battle of Gaza

Conflict

Third war of the Diadochi

Date

312 BC

Place

at Gaza

Result

Ptolemy victory

Combatants

Ptolemy

Demetrius

Commanders

Ptolemy and
Seleucus

Demetrius

Strength

12,500 infantry
4,400 cavalry
44 war elephants

18,000 infantry
4,000 cavalry

Casualties

500 men killed
8,000 men captured
lost 44 war elephants

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Wars of the Diadochi
Crannon - Paraitacene- Gabiene - Gaza - Salamis - Ipsus - Corupedium

The Battle of Gaza was a battle of the Third war of the Diadochi between Ptolemy (satrap of Egypt, later known as Ptolemy I Soter) and Demetrius (son of Antigonus I Monophthalmus).

Ptolemy decided an invasion of Syria. With 18,000 infantry and 4,000 cavalry he arrived to Gaza in early 312 BC. Demetrius decided to offer him battle.

Demetrius:

left wing: 2,900 cavalry, 1,500 light infantry and 30 war elephants under Demetrius command
center: 11,000 infantry phalanx and 13 elephants
right wing: 1,500 cavalry

Ptolemy:

left wing: 3,000 cavalry
center: 18,000 phalanx
right wing: 1,000 cavalry



























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