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All The King’s Horse: In Search Of Achaemenid Persian Cavalryby Christopher Tuplin

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This chapter discusses an aspect of the military machine of the Achaemenid kings. One of the most useful publications on Achaemenid warfare is a slim volume by Duncan Head, The Achaemenid Persian Army, published in 1992. The chapter also discusses about iconography, texts in nonclassical languages and texts in Greek and Latin. Masistius is the exotic Persian cavalryman, and has a gold bridle and horse, Nisaean, Mardonius, is a notable horseriding generals in Herodotus. The story of the Plataea campaign is, ironically, that Mardonius' initial use of cavalry to harass the enemy drove the Greeks to withdraw to a position in which it was difficult or impossible for cavalry to be the spearhead of a decisive conflict and victory. The chapter focuses on lines of thought that might illuminate the importance of cavalry as a feature of Achaemenid war-making.

Keywords: Achaemenid kings; horse; Mardonius; Masistius; Persian cavalryman



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