), the name of a chosen body of troops
in the Macedonian army, forming the royal guard, consisting of
horse-soldiers and foot-soldiers, but usually of the former. It seems to
have varied in number; sometimes it consisted of 150 men, at other times of
300, and in later times it contained as many as 1000 or 2000 men. (Arrian,
Arr. Anab. 1.1.11
; Diod. 19.27
; Liv. 37.40
; Curt. 4.13
; Plb. 5.25
App. Syr. 32
; Hesych. and Suid. s.v.
Eustath. ad Od.
i. p. 1399, 62.)