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Roman Heavy Cavalry 1


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* Introduction * Origins of heavy armoured cavalry - Thracian allies, and steppe peoples * History and dispersal of units * Organization * Tactics * Weapons - spears, long swords, maces * Armour and clothing * Horse armour * Standards and flags * Representative battles and campaigns * Bibliography

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The history of the armoured 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.

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Dr Raffaele D'Amato is an experienced Turin-based researcher of the ancient and medieval military worlds. After achieving his first PhD in Romano-Byzantine Law, and having collaborated with the University of Athens, he gained a second doctorate in Roman military archaeology. He currently works in Istanbul at the Fatih University as visiting Professor for the TUBITAK (Turkish Government Research Institution) on a project linked to the arms and armour of Rome and Byzantium. Andrey Negin was born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, and graduated from Nizhny Novgorod State University, which was named after N.I. Lobachevsky (Russian Federation). There, he was candidate of historical sciences (PhD), and a member of the department of history of the Ancient World and Classical Languages. His current area of study is ancient Roman armour, specifically researching Roman parade and ceremonial armour. All of these themes are reflected in his publications on the pages of Russian and foreign archaeological publications, including the monographs: "The Roman legions in battle" (co-author A.V. Mahlayuk) and "Roman ceremonial and tournament armament".


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