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

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This book is the first to examine how classical Greek cavalry actually operated on the battlefield. It looks at its prime characteristics, including mobility, protection, armament, training, leadership, flexibility, and motivation. Until now, it was generally assumed that ancient Greek cavalry was subordinated to the infantry because it was less effective in battle. This book challenges this assumption, analyzing the position of Greek cavalry, and especially the Athenian arm, not only in the battlefield but in society as a whole.

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"Within its stated scope (Athens to c. 300 BCE), Spence's study is now the standard reference on this topic....Essential for university history and military collections."—Choice
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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
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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