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Chariotry To Cavalry: Developments In The Early First Millennium

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This chapter examines the rather neglected subject of chariotry in the early first millennium BCE - the period in which the chariot declined as a military technology, steadily eclipsed by the rise of cavalry. It is disconcerting to think how little consensus there is in the scholarly community on the relatively straightforward questions of how a war chariot was actually used in battle and how formations of chariots would have operated in relation to each other and other sections of an army. A wide variety of theories have been put forward over the years, and the chapter examines the major theories, and shows some conclusions about what exactly chariot warfare consisted of in its heyday during the Late Bronze Age, so as to provide a basis for the discussion of how chariot warfare evolved once this heyday was over.

Keywords: cavalry; chariotry; Late Bronze Age



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