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The horse in the ancient world : from Bucephalus to the Hippodrome

Author: Carolyn Willekes
Publisher: London : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd., 2016. ©2016
Series: Library of classical studies, v. 10.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The domestication of the horse in the fourth millennium BC altered the course of mankind's future. Formerly a source only of meat, horses now became the prime mode of fast transport as well as a versatile weapon of war. Carolyn Willekes traces the early history of the horse through a combination of equine iconography, literary representations, fieldwork and archaeological theory. She explores the ways in which  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Willekes, Carolyn.
Horse in the ancient world.
London : I.B. Tauris & Co. Ltd. 2016
(OCoLC)949770947
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Willekes
ISBN: 9781786720092 1786720094 178673009X 9781786730091
OCLC Number: 975999854
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 272 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations (some color)
Contents: Introduction: horses and humans --
Methodology --
The horse --
Prehistoric horses --
The ancient horse types --
The military horse --
The sport horse --
Conclusion: riding into history.
Series Title: Library of classical studies, v. 10.
Responsibility: Carolyn Willekes.

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The domestication of the horse in the fourth millennium BC altered the course of mankind's future. Formerly a source only of meat, horses now became the prime mode of fast transport as well as a versatile weapon of war. Carolyn Willekes traces the early history of the horse through a combination of equine iconography, literary representations, fieldwork and archaeological theory. She explores the ways in which horses were used in the ancient world, whether in regular cavalry formations, harnessed to chariots, as a means of reconnaissance, in swift and deadly skirmishing (such as by Scythian archers) or as the key mode of mobility. Establishing a regional typology of ancient horses - Mediterranean, Central Asian and Near Eastern - the author discerns within these categories several distinct sub-types. Explaining how the physical characteristics of each type influenced its use on the battlefield - through grand strategy, singular tactics and general deployment - she focuses on Egypt, Persia and the Hittites, as well as Greece and Rome. This is the most comprehensive treatment yet written of the horse in antiquity.

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