Roman Heavy Cavalry (1) -

Roman Heavy Cavalry (1)

Cataphractarii & Clibanarii, 1st Century BC-5th Century AD

By Raffaele D'Amato, Dr Andrey Evgenevich Negin



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From the army of Marc Antony in the 1st century BC, Roman generals hired Oriental heavy armoured cavalry to serve in their military alongside the legions. These troops, both from the northern steppes and the Persian frontiers, continued an ancient tradition of using heavy armour and long lances, and fought in a compact formation for maximum shock effect. They were quite distinct from conventional Roman light cavalry, and they served across the Empire, including in Britain. They became ever more important during the 3rd century wars against Parthia, both to counter their cavalry and to form a mobile strategic reserve. Displaying these impressive and imposing cavalry units using vivid specially commissioned artwork, this first book in a two part series on Roman Heavy Cavalry examines their use over the Imperial period up to the fall of Western Empire in the 5th century A.D.

Product code: 9781472830043

ISBN 9781472830043
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
No. Of Pages 64
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H248xW184
Series Elite
Illustrated By Dr Andrey Evgenevich Negin
The history of the armored heavy cavalry that was absorbed into Roman service from the steppe peoples they defeated in the 2nd Century AD, and that came to provide half Rome's cavalry during the Late Empire.