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The Cavalry of Classical Greece: A Social and Miltary History with Particular Reference to Athens / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is the first to examine how classical Greek cavalry actually operated on the battlefield. It looks at the prime characteristics of Greek cavalry -- including mobility, protection, armament, training, leadership, flexibility, and motivation. Up to now it has usually been assumed that ancient Greek cavalry was subordinated to the infantry because it was less effective in battle. This book challenges this assumption, analysing the position of Greek cavalry, and especially the Athenian arm, not only on the battlefield but in society as a whole. It concludes that, like many modern societies, Greek states produced military arms which were moulded more by social and economic influences than by purely military considerations. Classical Greek cavalry had a high combat potential, but this was reduced by limitations on its size and, at Athens, by the attitudes of the rest of society towards the cavalry class -- the wealthiest and most aristocratic group in most states.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198150282
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Tables
Abbreviations
Introduction
Maps
1 Greek Cavalry c. 500-300 1
2 The Combat Potential of the Hippeis 34
3 The Theory and Practice of Cavalry Warfare c. 450-300 121
4 The Hippeis and Society 164
App. 1. Attic Red- and White-Figure Vases with Equestrian Scenes c. 530-300 231
App. 2. Attic Equestrian Reliefs 261
App. 3. The Parthenon Frieze 267
App. 4. The Cost of Cavalry Service at Athens 272
App. 5. A Prosopography of the Athenian Hippeis c. 500-300 287
App. 6. The Hipparch eis Lemnon 316
Select Bibliography 319
Glossary 324
Index 330
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