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Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224-642

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By (author) Kaveh Farrokh, Illustrated by Angus McBride

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  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 64 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 244mm x 10mm | 136g
  • Publication date: 29 July 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Osprey
  • ISBN 10: 1841767131
  • ISBN 13: 9781841767130
  • Illustrations note: 55ill.8col.ill.
  • Sales rank: 433,473

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The Sassanians ruled the last great imperial Empire of Persia before the Arab conquests of the 7th century. Rome's only equal in the classical world, the Sassanian Empire had an enormous impact on the development of architecture, mythology, arts, music, military tactics and technology. Within the Sassanian military, the cavalry was the most influential element, and Sassanian cavalry tactics were adopted by the Romans, Arabs, and Turks. Their cavalry systems of weaponry, battle tactics, Tamgas, Medallions, court customs, and costumes influenced Romano-Byzantine and medieval European culture, and this book allows the reader to see how a little-studied eastern power affected the development of cavalry traditions in the western world.

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Author information

Dr Kaveh Farrokh was born in Athens, Greece, in 1962 and emigrated to Canada in 1983. Kaveh has been collecting data on Sassanian cavalry for 18 years, travelling to regions such as Naghshe-Rustam (Iran). He has given lectures and seminars in the University of British Columbia, where he acquired his PhD in Persian language acquisition, and on the Knowledge Network Television Program of British Columbia and has written articles for various journals. Kaveh is currently a learning and career specialist in Langara College in Vancouver, British Columbia. Angus McBride is one of the world's most respected historical illustrators, and has contributed to more than 70 Osprey titles in the past three decades. Born in 1931 of Highland parents but orphaned as a child, he was educated at Canterbury Cathedral Choir School. He worked in advertising agencies from 1947, and after national service, emigrated to South Africa. He now lives and works in Cape Town.

Table of contents

Introduction; Weapons; Sassanian Army Structure; Training; Costume, Insignia, Coats of Arms; Support Troops; Sassanian Strategy and Tactics