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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-09-06 01:10 PM
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1. I think the first armies to be actually paid were the Roman legions.
Prior to that armies were tribal or citizen armies. Mostly they were farmers etc., and nobles who would come to the defense of their king or chieftain if another king launched a raid upon them. When a king asked for invasion, then it was for plunder. The Persians from what I understand were slaves mostly and couldn't disobey the king. Of course the spoils of war were what drove both forces.

Anyway, I'm a bit sketchy on this so I'm sure other better historians will fill this in for you.
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