The Cavalry of Classical Greece: A Social and Military History with Particular Reference to Athens

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byI. G. Spence

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This book is the first to examine how classical Greek cavalry actually operated on the battlefield. It looks at the prime characteristics of Greek cavalry, including mobility, protection, armament, training, leadership, flexibility, and motivation. Up to now, it has usually been assumed thatancient Greek cavalry was subordinated to the infantry because it was less effective in battle. This book challenges this assumption, analysing the position of Greek cavalry, and especially the Athenian arm, not only in the battlefield but in society as a whole. It concludes that, like many modernsocieties, Greek states produced military arms which were moulded more by social and economic influences than by purely military considerations. Classical Greek cavalry had a high combat potential, but this was reduced by the attitudes of the rest of society towards the cavalry class - thewealthiest and most aristocratic group in most states.

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This book is the first to examine how classical Greek cavalry actually operated on the battlefield. It looks at the prime characteristics of Greek cavalry, including mobility, protection, armament, training, leadership, flexibility, and motivation. Up to now, it has usually been assumed thatancient Greek cavalry was subordinated to t...

I. G. Spence is at University of New England, New South Wales.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:380 pages, 8.46 × 5.35 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198150288

ISBN - 13:9780198150282

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"Within its stated scope (Athens to c. 300 BCE), Spence's study is now the standard reference on this topic....Essential for university history and military collections."--Choice