Cavalry Operations in the Ancient Greek World by Robert E. Gaebel

By Robert E. Gaebel

In this complete narrative, Robert E. Gaebel demanding situations traditional perspectives of cavalry operations within the Greek international. making use of either army and ancient views, Gaebel exhibits that till the demise of Alexander the nice in 323 B.C., cavalry performed a bigger position than is usually recognized.

Gaebel strains the operational use of cavalry within the old Greek global from circa 500 to a hundred and fifty B.C., the top of Greek and Macedonian independence. Emphasizing the Greek and Hellenistic classes (359322 B.C.), he presents information regarding the army use of horses within the japanese Mediterranean, Greek good administration and horse care, and huge battlefield goals.

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50. 51. 52. Szeliga (1983) 545–47. Xen. Cyr. 19. Xen. On Hors. 8. HH 78. Junkelmann (1990–92) 3: 96; Dixon and Southern (1992) 232–33. HH 300; Thuc. 5. 54 Because it offers the greatest protection without interfering with vision, Xenophon recommends the Boeotian helmet. The breastplate should be shaped to allow sitting and have flaps along the lower edge. The left or rein hand is to be protected by what later would be called a gauntlet, a piece of armor extending from the shoulder to the fingers.

C. on the Ukrainian steppe. Presumably, it was initially raised for food by humans who had already domesticated cattle, sheep, and pigs for that purpose. , which is earlier than hitherto realized. C. It thus seems reasonable to suggest that on open grasslands the horses were tended by riders rather than herders on foot, for it has been observed that whenever boys have been entrusted with the care of horse herds they have always shown a skill at riding their charges bareback as though it were second nature to them.

5. 6. Simpson (1961) 47; Wagoner, Chalkey, and Cook (1978) 109–13. Richter (1968) 73. Kroll (1977) 83–140; Braun (1972) 129–269. Kroll (1977) 86. , 88. The Greek Horse 21 represented a day’s wages for a laborer and would purchase a gallon of domestic wine, five pounds of wheat, and one salted fish. A sheep or goat cost 10 to 15 drachmas, and a cow about 50. 7 Obviously, each horse represented a substantial investment and was important as an individual because of its comparative rarity. The Greek environment, especially in the central and southern parts of the Balkan peninsula, precluded the raising of horses in large numbers, as was common on the Eurasian steppe.

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