The Roman Cavalry

The Roman Cavalry : From the First to the Third Century AD

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The cavalry was a vital part of the army of Rome and it played a significant role in the expansion and success of the Roman Empire. Karen R. Dixon and Pat Southern describe the origins of the mounted units of the Roman army and trace their development from temporary allied troops to the regular alae and cohorts. They have drawn together evidence from a wide variety of sources: archaeological, epigraphic and literary, as well as comparing ancient testimony with more recent experience of the use of cavalry. The book covers the subject from the perspective of both the men and the horses. How were the horses selected and disposed of; how were they trained, stabled and fed? How were the men recruited, organized and equipped; and what were the conditions of service for a Roman cavalryman? The cavalry had to be employed in peacetime and this is discussed as well as its role in war. The image of the Roman cavalry is often one of excitement and glory but the authors are aware that a true picture must not overlook the routine and the suffering. This book provides a comprehensive account of the Roman cavalry and the current state of knowledge concerning it. The wide selection of illustrations includes original drawings by Karen R. Dixon.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 24mm | 458.13g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • 84 line figures, 35 b&w photographs
  • 0415170397
  • 9780415170390

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About Karen R. Dixon

Karen R. Dixon has a Doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She is a professional archaeological illustrator. She is the co-author of The Late Roman Army (Batsford 1996). Pat Southern is Librarian of the Newcastle upon Tyne Literary and Philosophical Society. She is the co-author of The Late Roman Army (Batsford 1996) and the author of Domitian (Routledge 1997).

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