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Cataphracts: Knights of the Ancient Eastern Empires

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Cataphracts were the most heavily armoured form of cavalry in the ancient world, with riders and mounts both clad in heavy armour. Originating among the wealthiest nobles of various central Asian steppe tribes, such as the Massegatae and Scythians, they were adopted and adapted by several major empires. The Achaemenid Persians, Seleucids, Sassanians and eventually the Romans and their Byzantine successors. Usually armed with long lances, they harnessed the mobility and mass of the horse to the durability and solid fighting power of the spear-armed phalanx. Although very expensive to equip and maintain (not least due to the need ... Read more

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About Erich B. Anderson
ERICH B ANDERSON is a freelance writer with a B.A. in history and anthropology from Northern Illinois University and a member of the Authors Guild. He has written numerous articles for History Today, Military History Monthly, Ancient Warfare, Medieval Warfare, Minerva, KMT, Strategy & Tactics, Military Heritage, All About History, History of War, Archaeological Diggings, History Magazine, Ancient Egypt, Renaissance ... Read more

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...a valuable study of one of the most interesting troop types of the ancient world
(05/01/2017) ...this volume, from independent scholar Anderson, is the first comprehensive survey of heavy armored cavalry - dubbed clibanarii, cataphracti, and more - that played a particularly important role in the military history of Late Antiquity... This is a good survey of the ... Read more

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