Tarentine Horseman of Magna Graecia: 430-190 BC

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Osprey's study of the Tarentine horsemen from 430 to 190 BC. The Taras were the leading power of the scattered Greek states of southern Italy and built their reputation on the unmatched horse warriors who helped the Taras claim and maintain their power. These horsemen, who excelled in valor and wealth not only served on their home soil, but were in great demand abroad and were often exported as mercenaries. In this book, expert author Nic Fields examines the Taras horsemen in detail, using rare artifacts and ...
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Overview

Osprey's study of the Tarentine horsemen from 430 to 190 BC. The Taras were the leading power of the scattered Greek states of southern Italy and built their reputation on the unmatched horse warriors who helped the Taras claim and maintain their power. These horsemen, who excelled in valor and wealth not only served on their home soil, but were in great demand abroad and were often exported as mercenaries. In this book, expert author Nic Fields examines the Taras horsemen in detail, using rare artifacts and contemporary sources to create an account which reveals the day to day lives of these warriors together with their experiences in battle.

Fields discusses the Taras tactics, weapons and equipment, detailing how they bred the horses that were so essential to their success. He goes on to reveal how their prowess extended to beyond the battlefield in the arena of tribal games. With a wealth of contemporary sources and rare artifacts illustrated with specially commissioned color artwork and rare photographs, this is an intriguing insight into the everyday lives of these horsemen and reveals how they acquired the skills that made them so crucial to the Taras' fate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846032790
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 10/21/2008
  • Series: Warrior Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Nic Fields started his career as a biochemist before joining the Royal Marines. Having left the military, he went back to university and completed a BA and PhD in Ancient History at the University of Newcastle. He was Assistant Director at the British School at Athens, Greece, and then a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Edinburgh. Nic is now a freelance author and researcher based in south-west France.
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Table of Contents


Introduction 4 The Origins of the Horsemen of Taras 8 Confronting the barbarians: Taras at War The Role of the Horsemen of Taras 14 Chronology 18 Recruitment 20 Equipment and Appearance 26 Shields Body Armour Helmets Javelins Swords Horses Grooms Weapons Handling Life on Campaign 40 Pay and conditions Feeding the map Feeding the horse Sleep Battle 51 Museum Collections 54 Pottery Coinage Glossary 62 Bibliography 62 Index 64
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